Camassia howellii

S. Watson
Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 25: 135. 1889.
Common names: Howell camas
EndemicConservation concern
Synonyms: Quamasia howellii (S. Watson) Coville
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 306. Mentioned on page 304, 307.

Bulbs sometimes clustered, ovoid, 1.5–3 cm diam. Leaves 4–7, 2–6 dm × 5–12 mm. Inflorescences 15–40 cm; sterile bracts 0, bracts subtending flowers shorter than or equaling pedicel. Flowers actinomorphic; tepals connivent over capsules after anthesis, deciduous as capsules develop, deep bluish violet, each 3- or 5-veined, 10–20 × 3–5 mm; anthers yellow, 2.5–3.5 mm; fruiting pedicel spreading, 15–25 mm. Capsules deciduous, shiny green, subglobose, 5–10 mm. Seeds 2–5 per locule. 2n = 30.

Phenology: Flowering late spring.
Habitat: Wet meadows
Elevation: 200–400 m


Of conservation concern.

Camassia howellii flowers one to two weeks later than sympatric populations of C. leichtlinii.

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Lower Taxa