Camassia Lindl.


Native American quamash – the name for these plants.

Perennial, bulbous herb, bulb tunicate. Leaves basal, linear, keeled, sheathing. Flowers radially or bilaterally symmetrical, stalked, individual flower stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a terminal raceme. Tepals 3+3, 3-9-nerved, free. Stamens 6 attached to tepal bases. Ovary superior. Fruit a capsule. Seeds pear-shaped, black.

Grown as ornamental bulbs in full sun on well-drained soil.

5 species in the Americas.

Bulb with multi-nerved tepals and pear-shaped seeds.

Gould (1942).

Source: Forster, P. (2005). Bowiea. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Camassia cusickii S.Wats.