Harvest Brodiaea 2008

Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite, May 2008

  • Brodiaea elegans Hoover
  • Harvest brodiaea, Elegant cluster-lily
  • Liliaceae (Lily Family)
  • Synonym(s):
  • USDA Symbol: BREL
  • USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An umbel of several violet or blue-violet, funnel-shaped flowers at top of a leafless stalk with a few long, very narrow basal leaves that are usually withered by flowering time. Mounds of narrow leaves, 4-16 in. in height, arise in late winter to early spring and brown when the flower buds have swollen. The flowering stem is about the same height as the leaves, bearing a terminal umble of small, tubular, violet-pink flowers. The intensity of color and number of flowers varies within the species.

This plant begins to flower as fields dry out in the early summer. Several species of Brodiaea (pronounced bro-dee-ah), are similar. In Harvest Brodiaea (B. coronaria), from British Columbia to southern California, the scales between the stamens are concave on their inner side, longer than the stamens and lean toward them. One of the most handsome is Wally Basket, Grass Nut, or Ithuriels Spear (Triteleia laxa), which grows on heavy soils in grassland or brush from southern Oregon to southern California; it reaches a height of up to 28 (70 cm) and has many flowers in a large umbel, with 6 stamens and beneath the ovary a stalk 2-3 times its length.

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