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Fritillaria camschatcensis
black lily, Indian rice

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in northwestern Washington; Alaska to Oregon.

Habitat: Moist areas from near tide flats to mountain meadows.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Perennial herb from a small, scaly bulb and numerous rice-sized offset bulblets, the sturdy, unbranched, glabrous stem 2-5 dm. tall.


Leaves in 1-3 whorls of 5-9, and a few scattered upward, lanceolate, 4-10 cm. long.


Flowers 2-7 in a loose raceme, spreading to pendant, narrowly bell-shaped, ill-smelling, dark greenish-brown to brownish-purple, sometimes streaked with yellow but not mottled; tepals elliptic, distinct, 20-30 mm. long and 7-12 mm. broad, ridged lengthwise on the inner surface; filaments 6, slender, twice the length of the anthers; styles attached to each other about 1/3 of their length.


Capsule cylindric-ovoid, about 25 mm. long

Accepted Name:
Fritillaria camschatcensis (L.) Ker Gawl.
Publication: Bot. Mag. 30: under plate 1216. 1809.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Lilium camschatcense L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Fritillaria camschatcensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Fritillaria camschatcensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Fritillaria camschatcensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Fritillaria camschatcensis photos.

USDA Plants: Fritillaria camschatcensis information.

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