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Ithuriel's Spear

Triteleia laxa

Description:

Spotted this wildflower while I was hiking in Mt. Diablo State Park in Concord, CA.

Habitat:

Mt. Diablo State Park in Concord, CA.

Notes:

Triteleia laxa (previously Brodiaea laxa) is a triplet lily known by several common names, including Ithuriel's spear and grassnut. It is native to California where it is a common wildflower, and it is occasionally found in Oregon. It bears a tall, naked stem topped with a spray of smaller stalks, each ending in a purple or blue flower. The flower is tubular, opening into a sharply six-pointed star. The plant grows from a corm which is edible and similar in taste and use as the potato. The most used common name for the species, Ithuriel's spear, is a reference to the angel Ithuriel from Milton's Paradise Lost. Wikipedia

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2 Comments

misako
misako 3 years ago

I spotted these in May 2008--not sure if they are in bloom now. I am planning a hike up to Mt. Diablo in the next few weeks before the rain gets here.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 3 years ago

Will look out for this next time,along with the fairy lanterns!

Concord, California, USA

Lat: 37.88, Long: -121.91

Spotted on May 17, 2008
Submitted on Sep 27, 2011

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