Triteleia crocea

(Alph. Wood) Greene

Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. 2: 141. 1886

Common names: Yellow triteleia
Basionyms: Seubertia crocea Alph. Wood Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 20: 172. 1868 (as Subertia)
Synonyms: Brodiaea crocea (Alph. Wood) S. Watson Brodiaea crocea var. modesta (H. M. Hall) Munz Brodiaea modesta (Alph. Wood) Kuntze Hookera crocea (Alph. Wood) Baker Milla crocea (H. M. Hall) Abrams Triteleia crocea var. modesta (H. M. Hall) Hoover Triteleia modesta
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 340. Mentioned on page 338, 339.

Leaves 9–40 cm × 2–10 mm. Scape 10–30 cm, smooth except weakly scabrous near base. Flowers: perianth bright yellow or pale blue, 12–19 mm, tube attenuate at base, 5–10 mm, lobes widely spreading, striped greenish, 5–11 mm; stamens attached alternately at 2 levels, unequal, those of proximal row very short; filaments linear or barely wider at base, 1 or 3 mm, apical appendages absent; anthers yellow or blue, 1–2 mm; ovary green, equal to or longer than stipe; pedicel 0.7–2 cm, usually shorter than perianth. 2n = 16.

Phenology: Flowering spring (May–Jun).
Habitat: Open conifer/yellow pine forests, dry slopes
Elevation: 1200–2200 m


Plants of Triteleia crocea from the Trinity Mountains of northern California differ from others of the species in having pale blue perianths instead of yellow ones, with lobes slightly fringed toward the apex instead of entire. These plants first were assigned to a separate species, and subsequently have been transferred to this one, where clearly they belong. Formal recognition at subspecific rank may prove desirable in future.

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Lower Taxa


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J. Chris Pires +
(Alph. Wood) Greene +
Seubertia crocea +
Yellow triteleia +
Calif. +  and Oreg. +
1200–2200 m +
Open conifer/yellow pine forests, dry slopes +
Flowering spring (May–Jun). +
Bull. Calif. Acad. Sci. +
Brodiaea crocea +, Brodiaea crocea var. modesta +, Brodiaea modesta +, Hookera crocea +, Milla crocea +, Triteleia crocea var. modesta +  and Triteleia modesta +
Triteleia crocea +
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