Anticlea

Anticlea is a genus in the Melanthiaceae family with eleven accepted species. The genus is differentiated from Toxicoscordion (as per the Flora of Oregon) by having tepals that are not clawed and bearing bilobed glands. Conversely the tepals of Toxicoscordion have clawed tepals with single rounded glands.


Anticlea elegans (Pursh) Rydberg (syn Zigadenus elegans). Inflorescences occur in loose racemes or panicles which can be denser at the terminal ends, with 10 to fifty upright cream colored flowers. A. elegans is native to a large range from Eastern Oregon in the West; north to Arkansaw, southeast to Texas and east to Quebec and Iowa. It prefers moist and boggy areas and streamside habitats from grasslands to conifer forests. (Source: Flora of Oregon Vol.1: Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Monocots, p.312) Pictures by Linda Foulis.

Anticlea elegans, Linda FoulisAnticlea elegans, Linda Foulis

Anticlea occidentalis (A. Gray) Zomlefer & Judd (syn Stenanthium occidentale) is native to moist mountainous habitats from mossy scree to rock crevices in Western Oregon, CA, and WA, north to British Columbia, and northeast to Montana. Flowers greenish or reddish-purple. (Source: Flora of Oregon Vol.1: Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Monocots, p.312)


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