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Anticlea elegans (Pursh) Rydb.
15 photos.
This beautiful but poisonous plant is known as the "mountain death camas".

ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 810373









1.  Mid-May photo taken just after the leaves
emerge.  Already we see tinges of red on the
leaf tips and on the sheath at the base of
the plant.

2.  Plant in photo at left after being dug out
of the rocks and soil.  The tunicate bulb is
layered like an onion. The outer layer
is fibrous.

3.  Photo taken in mid-June.
The flower stalk is just emerging and
appears pink due to the bracts which protect
the individual buds.

4.  Closer view of emerging flower stalk

5.  Late June.  The individual buds with their
bracts appear.  The flower stalk will elongate.

6.  Late June.  The anthers have appeared along
with the tepals which make up the perianth.

7.  Late June.  Good view of the pairs of
nectary glands at the base of the tepals which
are characteristic of the genus.

8. Late June. view of the raceme with
side views of the individual blossoms.
Note the bracts at the base of the flower stalks.

9.  Late June.  Buds and blossoms with
anthers at various stages of development.

10.  Early July.  Two blossoms with the
stamens shielding the ovary.

11. Mid-July.  Centers of some blossoms are
now pink.  Some buds are still undeveloped.

12.  Mid-July  A cluster of death camas
showing the long flower stalks.

13.  Mid-August.  The tepals are gone and
the seed capsules have developed.

14.  Mid-August.  This raceme located within
ten feet of the one on the left has turned red.

15.  July 24, 2009.  Another raceme with the
upper blossoms still in bloom.

All photos taken along Upper Bottom
Dollar Road.
65°  25' N,   144°  48' W
Elev. 1900 ft.