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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
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Perennial to trees, from membranous bulb, fibrous corm, scaly rhizome, or erect caudex
Stem generally underground
Leaves generally basal, often withering early, alternate, generally ± linear
Inflorescence various, generally bracted
Flower generally bisexual, generally radial; perianth often showy, segments generally 6 in two petal-like whorls (outer sometimes sepal-like), free or fused at base; stamens 6 (or 3 + generally 3 ± petal-like staminodes), filaments sometimes attached to perianth or fused into a tube or crown; ovary superior or inferior, chambers 3, placentas generally axile, style generally 1, stigmas generally 3
Fruit: generally capsule, loculicidal or septicidal (berry or nut)
Genera in family: ± 300 genera, 4600 species: especially ± dry temp and subtropical; many cultivated for ornamental or food;
some TOXIC. Here includes genera sometimes treated in Agavaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and other families.
Perennial from elongate bulb of 1 fleshy scale, generally with small, bead-like segments of persistent rhizome
Leaves 2 (1 in non-flower plant), basal, 635 cm, lanceolate to ovate (solitary basal leaf wider), narrowed to petiole, glabrous; margin entire to wavy
Inflorescence: raceme; flowers 110; bracts 0
Flower showy, nodding; perianth segments 6, similar, free, ± lanceolate, ± strongly recurved; stamens 6; style 1, stigma entire to 3-lobed
Fruit ovoid to oblong
Seed ± ovoid, ± angular, brown
Species in genus: ± 25 species: especially temp North America
Etymology: (Greek: red, from flowers of some)
Reference: [Applegate 1935 Madroño 3:58113; Shevock et al. 1990 Madroño 37:261273]
Attractive in woodland gardens. Pressed specimens fade, so leaf and flower markings should be recorded fresh.
Bulb 3050 mm, slender
Leaf 520 cm, lanceolate, ± wavy-margined, green
Inflorescence: stalk 530 cm; flowers 13
Flower: perianth segments 2035 mm, lanceolate, yellow with narrow, pale zone at base, inner ± with sac-like folds at base; stamens 1118 mm, filaments ± slender, white, anthers cream to yellow (sometimes dark red elsewhere); style 1015 mm, white, stigma lobes 24 mm
Ecology: Subalpine meadows
Elevation: 14002300 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, North Coast Ranges
Distribution outside California: to sw Canada, Colorado
Plants with pale anthers (all CA material) have been called var. pallidum H. St. John
Horticultural information: IRR, DRN: 1, 2, 3; DFCLT.