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common camas

Habit Scapose perennial from a deep-seated bulb, the scape 2-7 dm. tall.
Leaves

Leaves several, all basal, 8-20 mm. broad, considerably shorter than the scape.

Flowers

Inflorescence a raceme, many-flowered, 5-30 cm. long;

pedicels 10-20 mm. long, spreading, arched or ascending in flower, incurved-erect in fruit;

flowers pale to deep blue or violet, somewhat irregular;

tepals 6, distinct, 15-35 mm. long and 2-8 mm. broad, narrowed at base, lowest segment curved outward and downward away from the others, all withering separately and exposing the ovary;

stamens 6, anthers yellow or blue, style slender, stigmas 3.

Fruit

Capsule ovoid, 3-celled, 1-2.5 cm. long.

Camassia quamash

Flowering time April-June
Habitat Open, moist areas, often where dry by late spring, from lowlands to mid-elevations in the mountains.
Origin Native
Conservation status Not of concern
Distribution
Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Utah.
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Sibling taxa
C. cusickii, C. leichtlinii
Subordinate taxa
C. quamash ssp. azurea, C. quamash ssp. breviflora, C. quamash ssp. maxima, C. quamash ssp. quamash
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