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Camassia leichtlinii
great camas
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California.

Habitat: Meadows, prairies and hillsides where moist, at least in early spring.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Scapose perennial from a deep-seated bulb, the scape 3-5 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaves several, all basal, up to 6 dm. long and mostly 7-20 mm. broad.

Flowers:

Inflorescence a raceme, 1-2 dm. long at flowering, longer in fruit; pedicels 10-40 mm. long, ascending in fruit; flowers light to deep blue-violet; tepals 6, distinct, alike, 2.5-3.5 cm. long and 5-10 mm. broad, twisting above the ovary and covering it; stamens 6, style slender, stigmas 3.

Fruit:

Capsule 3-celled, 15-25 mm. long

Accepted Name:
Camassia leichtlinii (Baker) S. Watson
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 20: 376. 1885.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
ssp. suksdorfii – great camas
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Camassia leichtlinii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Camassia leichtlinii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Camassia leichtlinii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Camassia leichtlinii photos.

USDA Plants: Camassia leichtlinii information.

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