Triantha glutinosa
 
Sticky Asphodel

Upper Stem & Inflorescence

Duck Mountain Provincial Park
29-June-2007

Note the sticky glands on the stem.

This species used to be known as Tofieldia glutinosa.  This is the name used by Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta, so the notes below refer to the old nomenclature.  Species with glandular-pubescent stems and and seeds with appendages (such as this one) have now been removed from Tofieldia and placed in Triantha.  See the key to the Liliaceae genera in the Flora of North America.

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Glutinosa: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora (BF) and Flora of Alberta (FOA) leading to this species. 
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stem slightly hairy near top and with sticky glands; NOT [stem glabrous]

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pedicels in clusters of 2 or 3; NOT [pedicels solitary]

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pedicels each with 3 small bractlets below the flower; NOT [pedicels without bractlets below the flowers]

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seeds WITH tail-like appendages

 

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Tofieldia: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  (BF) and Flora of Alberta (FOA) leading to this genus. 
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plants with rootstocks; NOT [plants with bulbs]

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plants not more than about 0.6 m high; NOT [stems to 1.2 m high]

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plants NOT climbing; NOT [plants climbing with tendrils]

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cladodes absent; NOT [the photosynthetic organs (cladodes) being axillary branches with needle-like segments]

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leaves green, normal, not scale-like; NOT [leaves reduced to thin, dry scales]

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leaves few; NOT [leaves numerous]

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leaves with their edges turned toward the stem; NOT [leaves with their surface to the stem]

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leaves linear or linear-lanceolate, usually many times longer than wide; NOT [leaves lanceolate or broader, not more than 5 times as long as wide]

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leaves flat; NOT [leaves keeled, V-shaped in cross section]

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leaves NOT with a rigid point at the tip

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leaves soft and easily broken; NOT [leaves tough, fibrous]

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leaves smooth; NOT [leaves rough]

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flowers more than 3, often very numerous; NOT [flowers 1-3 (rarely as many as 5)]

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flowers usually terminal; NOT [flowers axillary]

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inflorescence a raceme; NOT [inflorescence an umbel or a head-like cluster]

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racemes slender; NOT [racemes large]

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racemes loosely flowered; NOT [racemes densely flowered]

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flowers NOT [drooping or nodding on slender pedicels]

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flowers to 5 mm long; NOT [flowers 5 mm long or longer]

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flowers white, yellowish white or greenish white; NOT [flowers greenish, greenish yellow, bronze, or reddish brown], NOT [flowers blue or purplish blue], NOT [flowers orange]

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fruit dry; NOT [fruit often juicy]

 
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Liliaceae: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  leading to this family. 
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plants NOT aquatic, or if growing in water, most of the plant emersed

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leaves NOT sheathing the stem

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inflorescence NOT subtended by strongly sheathing bracts

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flowers NOT borne in a spathe

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flowers regular; NOT [flowers irregular]

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perianth present, conspicuous, in two series of 3 segments, often brightly colored; NOT [perianth absent or inconspicuous]

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perianth usually large, consisting of sepals and petals usually alike, variously colored; NOT [perianth small, consisting of 3 green sepals and 3 whitish petals]

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petals NOT deciduous

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stamens 6; NOT [stamens 1, 2, or 3]

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ovary superior; NOT [ovary inferior]