Brodiaea orcuttii

(Greene) Baker
Gard. Chron., ser. 3, 20: 214. 1896.
Common names: Orcutt’s brodiaea
Basionym: Hookera orcuttii Greene Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. 2: 138. 1886
Synonyms: Brodiaea filifolia var. orcuttii (Greene) Jepson Hookera multipedunculata Abrams
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 326. Mentioned on page 321, 323.

Scape 8–25 cm, slender. Flowers 14–20 mm; perianth violet, tube funnelform, 3–7 mm, transparent, splitting in fruit, lobes widely spreading, 12–19 mm; filaments 4–6 mm; anthers linear, 4–6 mm, apex with V-shaped notch; staminodia absent; ovary 4–6 mm; style 7–11 mm; pedicel 1–5 cm. 2n = 24.

Phenology: Flowering spring (May).
Habitat: Grasslands near streams, vernal pools
Elevation: 0–1600 m


Brodiaea orcutti is rare and endemic to southern California. It was once abundant on Kearney Mesa north of San Diego, but most of that area has been developed for housing, and only those portions on military reservations remain undisturbed. This is the only species in the genus with no staminodia.

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Lower Taxa