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fringe cornlily, fringe false-hellebore

Stems

1–2 m, densely tomentose distally.

Leaves

elliptic-lanceolate, reduced distally, 20–50 × 10–25 cm, glabrous or sparsely hairy.

Inflorescences

paniculate, with spreading to ascending branches, 30–50 cm, densely tomentose;

bracts ovate to ovate-lanceolate, shorter than flowers.

Capsules

oblong-ovoid, 8–10 mm, glabrous.

Seeds

± globose, wingless, 5–7 mm.

Tepals

white, rhomboid-ovate to ovate, not clawed, 6–9 mm, margins ± deeply and irregularly fimbriate;

glands 2, basal, ± mid tepal, yellow, elliptic;

ovary glabrous;

pedicel 6–12 mm.

2n

= 32.

Veratrum fimbriatum

Phenology Flowering summer–early fall.
Habitat Wet meadows in coastal scrub
Elevation 0–100 m [0–300 ft]
Discussion

This showy Veratrum species differs from others in its fragrant flowers with deeply fringed tepals, wingless seeds, and auxiliary bulbs in the lower leaf sheaths, and is restricted as a paleo-endemic to a 96-km coastal stretch of Sonoma and Mendocino counties (C. A. Taylor 1956, 1956b).

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

Distribution
from FNA
CA
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Parent taxa Liliaceae > Veratrum
Sibling taxa
V. album, V. californicum, V. insolitum, V. viride
Name authority A. Gray: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 7: 391. (1868)
Source Flora of North America vol. 26, p. 74.
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