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Triteleia bridgesii

Bridges' brodiaea, Bridges' triteleia

Dudley's triplet lily, Dudley's triteleia


20–55 cm × 3–10 mm.

10–30 cm × 3–11 mm.


10–60 cm, smooth except sometimes scabrous near base.

10–35 cm, smooth.


perianth lilac, bluish purple, pink, or reddish purple, 27–45 mm, tube strongly attenuate with slender base, 17–25 mm, hyaline vescicles present in tube, lobes abruptly spreading, 10–20 mm, shorter than tube;

stamens attached at 1 level, equal;

filaments triangular, widened toward base, 3–4 mm, apical appendages absent;

anthers bluish, 3.5–4.5 mm;

ovary 1/4–1/3 length of stipe;

pedicel 2–9 cm.

perianth pale yellow, drying purplish, 18–24 mm, tube ± cylindrical to narrowly funnelform, 8–12 mm, lobes spreading, lanceolate, 8–12 mm;

stamens attached at 1 level, unequal, alternately long and short;

filaments dilated entire length or narrowly triangular, 2 or 3.5 mm, sometimes with short, blunt apical appendages;

anthers lavender, 1 mm;

ovary equal to or longer than stipe;

pedicel slender, 1.5–4 cm.


= 16.

= 16.

Triteleia bridgesii

Triteleia dudleyi

Phenology Flowering spring (Apr–Jun). Flowering summer (Jul).
Habitat Foothills, yellow pines, mixed evergreen forests, often at forest edges and on rocks, dry bluffs, hillsides, mainly areas of serpentine Subalpine forests, black soils
Elevation 0–100 m (0–300 ft) 3000–3500 m (9800–11500 ft)
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Triteleia bridgesii is similar to T. laxa and in herbarium specimens can be distinguished only by the stamens. However, in fresh flowers, the perianth lobes of T. bridgesii spread abruptly from the throat of the perianth tube, unlike those of T. laxa, and the flowers of T. bridgesii are erect, while those of T. laxa are oriented horizontally. Triteleia bridgesii flowers a month earlier than T. laxa where they both occur in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The flowers in specimens of T. bridgesii from Humboldt County are unusually long, which accounts for the wide ranges of measurements for the perianth.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 26, p. 340. FNA vol. 26, p. 340.
Parent taxa Liliaceae > Triteleia Liliaceae > Triteleia
Sibling taxa
T. clementina, T. crocea, T. dudleyi, T. grandiflora, T. hendersonii, T. hyacinthina, T. ixioides, T. laxa, T. lemmoniae, T. lilacina, T. lugens, T. montana, T. peduncularis
T. bridgesii, T. clementina, T. crocea, T. grandiflora, T. hendersonii, T. hyacinthina, T. ixioides, T. laxa, T. lemmoniae, T. lilacina, T. lugens, T. montana, T. peduncularis
Synonyms Brodiaea bridgesii, Hookera bridgesii Brodiaea dudleyi
Name authority (S. Watson) Greene: Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. 2: 141. (1886) Hoover: Amer. Midl. Naturalist 25: 86. (1941)
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