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White Camas

Zygadenus elegans

Description:

Grass like basal leaves, single stem with sheathed leaves halfway up and fused 6 petaled white flowers in a panicle.

Habitat:

Creek bank

Notes:

It is endangered according to USDA

1 Species ID Suggestions

GerryBates
GerryBates 8 years ago
White Camas
Zygadenus elegans Pursh


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3 Comments

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 8 years ago

It is definitely Z. elegans, I looked it up to verify. Funny how such a pretty plant did not make it into any of my books, or any online resource I browsed. Thanks again for the help, I was sure it was in the Lily family but could not find it anywhere.

GerryBates
GerryBates 8 years ago

I believe it is a White Camas, also called Death Camas: the bulb is poisonous and the young leaves are deadly to grazing cattle. However, it also resembles False Hellebore [Veratrum Eschscholtzii]: also deadly poisonous.

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 8 years ago

Thank you so much Gerry :)

chesterbperry
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chesterbperry

Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Aug 20, 2012
Submitted on Aug 21, 2012

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