This page is based on the 1993 Jepson Manual.
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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 bulb or rhizome
Stem ± scapose
Leaves many, ± basal (reduced upward), linear, generally folded, ± curved
Inflorescence: raceme or panicle
Flower bisexual, staminate, or sterile; perianth parts 6, petal-like, free or ± fused to ovary base, white to yellowish in CA, glands 12 near base; stamens 6, free to ± attached to perianth; ovary chambers 3, styles 3
Fruit: capsule, septicidal
Species in genus: ± 15 species: temp North America, Asia
Etymology: (Greek: yoke-gland, from gland shape of some)
All taxa should be considered highly TOXIC to livestock (generally unpalatable) and humans from alkaloids (especially in bulbs); caused serious illness to some members of Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Bulb 2035 mm diam, ± spheric; outer coats black
Stem 4090 cm, glabrous
Leaf 2050 cm, 830 mm wide, curved, scabrous-ciliate
Inflorescence: panicle or raceme, 540 cm, open; flowers bisexual; pedicels spreading to ascending, 1045 mm
Flower 815 mm; perianth parts widely ovate, obtuse, outer very short-clawed, inner with wide, 23 mm claw, glands greenish yellow with thick teeth along veins; stamens ± 1/2 perianth; styles erect to ± spreading
Fruit 1535 mm, cylindric
Ecology: Grassy or wooded slopes, outcrops
Elevation: < 1000 m.
Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Sacramento Valley, Central Western California, Southwestern California
Distribution outside California: Oregon, n Baja California
Synonyms: vars. inezianus Jeps., minor (Hook.& Arn.) Jeps., and salsus Jeps
Recent taxonomic note: Toxicoscordion fremontii (Torr.) Rydb.
Horticultural information: DRN, SUN, mid summerDRY: 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
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