The photo above shows a close-up of the tepals of glaucous zigadene as seen at Irondycke Campground along the Lostine River in the Wallowa Mts. of northeastern Oregon........July 8, 2007. Note the large, dark yellow glands at the base of each tepal.
Glaucous zigadene is a pretty wildflower with a single stem rising to 70 cm from single to clustered bulbs, ovoid in shape and from 1.5-3 cm long with short rootstocks. The grass-like leaves are primarily basal and either flat or keeled. They are up to 30 cm long and 3-12 mm wide. The stem leaves are reduced upward on the stems.
The flowers are greenish-white or lightly yellowish- white with 6 spreading tepals, and a large obcordate yellow gland towards the base (See photos.). Individual tepals are about 8 to 11 mm long and lanceolate to ovate or obovate in shape. The inflorescence is an open raceme from 6-15 cm long with the flowers on long pedicels. The 6 stamens are nearly equal to the length of the tepals.
Glaucous zigadene inhabits open grasslands to rocky slopes, forests, and meadows. In the Pacific Northwest, it is primarily found in alpine and montane habitats.
Glaucous zigadene is found from Alaska south through British Columbia to both the Olympic Mts and Cascades of Washington. From there, it may be found eastward through eastern Oregon to Nevada and Arizona, and further east to Alberta and Texas.
An extremely poisonous plant. Avoid its consumption!
-Close-ups of the tepals and anthers of glaucous zigadene as seen at Irondycke Campground along the Lostine River in the Wallowa Mts. of northeastern Oregon........July 8, 2007.