Vascular Plants - Melanthiaceae - Veratrum:
Veratrum californicum
Page Author: David Giblin
California false hellebore, California wild hellebore, skunk cabbage 
Blooms: June-August
Habit: herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: Native
Conservation Status: Abundant; of no concern.

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Moist meadows and woodlands, lowlands to subalpine.
Species Description:

General: Tall perennial herbs from thick rhizomes, the simple stem glabrous below, 1.5-2 m. tall.
Leaves: Leaves numerous, alternate, cauline, ovate to broadly elliptic, 2-3 dm. long and over as broad, strongly sheathing at base, reduced upward.
Flowers: Inflorescence a dense panicle, 3-6 dm. long, stiffly erect, the lower branches not drooping; pedicels 1-3 mm. long; perianth off-white to greenish tinged, saucer-shaped; tepals 6, distinct, lanceolate to elliptic, broadly clawed at base, 10-17 mm. long, nearly entire and glabrous; stamens 6, about as long as the tepals.
Fruits: Capsule 2-3 cm. long, glabrous, narrowly ovoid, tipped with the persistent styles.
Subspecies & Varieties:
Accepted Name:
Veratrum californicum Dur.
Synonyms:
(none)

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Veratrum californicum
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Veratrum californicum specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Veratrum californicum specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Veratrum californicum treatment.

E-Flora BC: Veratrum californicum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Veratrum californicum images.

USDA Plants Database: Veratrum californicum.
Additional photographs of Veratrum californicum:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Jim Riley

H. Tim Gladwin, 1986

H. Tim Gladwin, 1985

H. Tim Gladwin, 1985

H. Tim Gladwin, 1991

Bud Kovalchik

Richard Old

Richard Old

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2007

Don Knoke, 2009

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2007

Rod Gilbert, 2007

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

G. D. Carr, 2009

T. Tonsberg, 2009

T. Tonsberg, 2009

Susan McDougall, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014

Susan McDougall, 2014

Brian Luther, 2016

Brian Luther, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Roger T. George, 2016

Thayne Tuason, 2013

Thayne Tuason, 2013
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