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Erythronium japonicum


Sometimes commonly called the Dogtooth violet, Katakuri is a native wild lily and spring ephemeral blooming in early spring in woodlands in Japan. The bulbs were previously used as a popular cooking starch in Japan. Seeds contain a substance that is pleasing to ants, so they rely on ants for dispersal, being carried to ant nests where they germinate and then spend 7-8 years before blooming.

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1 Comment

KarenL 12 years ago

Lovely! It looks very like the yellow trout lilies in form that we have over here.

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青森市 (Aomori), Japan

Spotted on Apr 4, 2010
Submitted on Apr 18, 2012

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