Zigadenus elegans
 
Smooth Camus

Leaf Bottom

Clair Lake Regional Park
01-July-2006

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Elegans:  Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  and Flora of Alberta leading to this species.  
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flowers about 10 mm long; NOT [flowers about 5 mm long]

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flowers greenish-yellow or straw-colored; NOT [flowers pale yellow]

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glands of perianth obcordate; NOT [obovate or semicircular]

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ovary partly inferior; NOT [superior]

 

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

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plants NOT with an onion odour

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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 [cladodes present, being axillary branches with needle-like segments].  Cladodes are flattened green stems which function as the primary photosynthetic organ in lieu of normal leaves.

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

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

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

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leaves smooth; NOT rough

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

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leaves NOT with a rigid point at the tip

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inflorescence a many-flowered raceme; NOT [inflorescence an umbel, head-like cluster, or few-flowered]

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

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racemes slender, loosely flowered; NOT [racemes large, densely flowered]

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flowers NOT drooping

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flowers 5-15 mm long; NOT [flowers to 5 mm long];  NOT [flowers large, 3-7 cm long]

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flowers white, yellowish white or greenish white; NOT [flowers bronze or greenish yellow], NOT [flowers greenish or reddish brown], NOT [flowers 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; NOT [plants aquatic, floating or submerged, with floating leaves or emersed inflorescence]

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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

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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; NOT small

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perianth consisting of sepals and petals usually alike; NOT [perianth consisting of 3 green sepals and 3 whitish petals]

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petals NOT deciduous

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

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ovary superior; NOT inferior