QUAMASH

CAMASSIA

Camassia quamash

Asparagus Family [Asparagaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8blue
inner
inner8green
inner
inner8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ6
type
typeZspiked
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZbisexual

12th May 2020, Brookmans Park, South Hertfordshire. Photo: © Sam Segar
It grows quite tall not to mention erect. It is a garden plant which can (and does there) spread over a meadow, according to Sam Segar, the photographer. The flowers at the very bottom on the extreme left are now, your Author thinks, turning to seed, which will be at first green, it seems.


12th May 2020, Brookmans Park, South Hertfordshire. Photo: © Sam Segar
The flowers are blue to mauve and have 6 almost linear petals. Because they open first at the bottom of the spike, those there are already turning into seed. It is only at the very top on these specimens that the flowers are only now fully open at the summit, and then they are spent. It seems that when they are spent, the petals wrap around themselves creating a narrow restriction half-way up the flower. They then fall off as shown on the spent flowers at the bottom of the photo, which have 3 styles sticking out from some of them (bottom right).


12th May 2020, Brookmans Park, South Hertfordshire. Photo: © Sam Segar
The flowers are on long(ish) flower-stalks with a narrow concolorous bract just beneath the stalk.


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

It seems to belong to the Hyacinthoidaceae (like Bluebell does) which is under the Asparagaceae heading. The flowers can be blue (as here) or white (or anywhere inbetween). It is usually planted but likes to escape into meadows (as here) if there is one nearby. There are 8 sub-species of this flower.


  Camassia quamash  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Asparagaceae  

Distribution
 family8Asparagus family8Asparagaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Camassia
Camassia
(Asparagus)

QUAMASH

CAMASSIA

Camassia quamash

Asparagus Family [Asparagaceae]