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Triteleia grandiflora

Higher Taxonomy
Family: ThemidaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Perennial herb from corm, outer coat fibrous [membranous]; daughter corms formed at stem base above corm of previous year, cormlets formed at base of corms or on short stolons. Leaf: basal, 1--10, linear to narrow-lanceolate. Inflorescence: scapose, generally umbel-like; scape erect, generally 1(2), cylindric, generally rigid, occasionally wavy to twining; flower bracts 2--4[10], not enclosing flower buds. Flower: perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, free or +- fused below into tube; staminodes 0 or 3; stamens 3 or 6, free or fused to perianth, occasionally appendaged; ovary superior, chambers 3, ovules 2--several per chamber. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal.
Genera In Family: 13 genera, 70--80 species: western North America.
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Chris Pires & Robert E. Preston, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Dale W. McNeal, Thomas J. Rosatti, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: TriteleiaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Corm spheric, tan; daughter corms sessile. Leaf: 1--3, generally narrow-lanceolate, keeled, glabrous, entire, often withered at flower. Inflorescence: umbel-like, open; bracts +- lanceolate, +- scarious; pedicels +- erect, generally > perianth; flowers generally many. Flower: perianth tube generally funnel-shaped, lobes generally ascending to spreading; stamens 6, attached to perianth tube at 1 level or alternately at 2 levels, equal or short alternating with long, filaments free, appendages forming crown or generally 0, anthers attached at middle, generally angled away from stigma; ovary stalked, style 1, stigma +- 3-lobed. Fruit: generally stalked, ovoid. Seed: +- spheric, black-crusted.
Etymology: (Greek: 3 complete, for flower parts in 3s)
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Chris Pires & Glenn Keator
Reference: Hoover 1941 Amer Midl Naturalist 25:73--100
Triteleia grandiflora Lindl.
Leaf: 20--70 cm, 4--10 mm wide. Inflorescence: scape 20--75 cm, smooth; pedicels 10--40 mm, ascending. Flower: perianth 17--35 mm, white to blue-purple, tube 8--20 mm, rounded at base, lobes 9--13 mm, spreading; stamens attached alternately at 2 levels, unequal, filaments 1--2 mm and 3--4 mm, triangular, anthers 2--4 mm, yellow or purple; ovary 2 × stalk. Chromosomes: n=8,12,16,20,24,28.
Ecology: Grassland, sagebrush, pine forests, hills; Elevation: 100--3000 m. Bioregional Distribution: n KR?, n CaR; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Montana, Utah. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun Note: Possibly extirpated in California.
Synonyms: Triteleia grandiflora var. howellii (S. Watson) Hoover; Triteleia grandiflora subsp. howellii (S. Watson) Hoover, ined.; Brodiaea bicolor Suksd.; Brodiaea douglasii S. Watson var. howellii (S. Watson) M. Peck; Brodiaea grandiflora (Lindl.) J.F. Macbr., illeg.; Brodiaea howellii S. Watson; Hookera bicolor (Suksd.) Piper; Hookera douglasii (S. Watson) Piper; Hookera grandiflora (Lindl.) Kuntze; Hookera howellii (S. Watson) Piper; Milla grandiflora (Lindl.) Baker; Triteleia bicolor (Suksd.) A. Heller; Triteleia howellii (S. Watson) Greene
Jepson eFlora Author: J. Chris Pires & Glenn Keator
Reference: Kentner & Steiner 2014 Madroño 61:227--230
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Citation for this treatment: J. Chris Pires & Glenn Keator 2017, Triteleia grandiflora, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 5,, accessed on May 26, 2024.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2024, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 26, 2024.

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