Prosartes smithii

(Hooker) Utech

Taxon 43: 364. 1994.

Common names: Large-flowered fairy-bells fairy-lantern
Basionym: Uvularia smithii Hooker Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 174, plate 189. 1838
Synonyms: Disporum smithii (Hooker) Piper
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 144. Mentioned on page 142, 143.

Plants 3–10 dm, crisp-pubescent or glabrate. Stems freely branched. Leaves 4–15 × 2–5 cm; blade mostly ovate to oblong-lanceolate, rounded to obliquely subcordate basally, abaxial surface glabrous, adaxial surface glabrate, margins glabrous or sparsely pubescent, hairs long, twisted, apex acute to abruptly acuminate. Flowers 2–5(–7); perianth cylindrical, truncate basally; tepals muddy to creamy white, oblong-lanceolate, flaring slightly at apex, 15–28 mm; stamens included, 10–23 mm, equal to or slightly shorter than style; filaments filiform or slightly dilated basally; anthers 4–5 mm; ovary ovoid to obovoid, becoming weakly 3-lobed after anthesis, glabrous, ovules 2–4 per locule, pendulous; style 10–23 mm, pubescent; stigma 3-lobed, lobes 0.5–1 mm. Berries yellowish orange to dark red, 3–6-seeded, ovoid to oblong, beaked with persistent style bases, 12–16 mm, smooth. Seeds 4 mm. 2n = 16.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–early summer.
Habitat: Moist shady forests, coastal mountains
Elevation: 0–200 m


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B.C., Calif., Oreg., Wash.


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... more about "Prosartes smithii"
Frederick H. Utech +
(Hooker) Utech +
Uvularia smithii +
Large-flowered fairy-bells +  and fairy-lantern +
B.C. +, Calif. +, Oreg. +  and Wash. +
0–200 m +
Moist shady forests, coastal mountains +
Flowering late spring–early summer. +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Disporum smithii +
Prosartes smithii +
Prosartes +
species +