From Portland Hikers Field Guide
Alternate Names: Camas, Small Camas
- Burke Museum
- E-Flora BC
- Forestry Images
- Turner Photographics
- US Department of Agriculture Link
- Washington Flora Checklist
Common Camas was once one of the most common plants in our area. While the plant is still common, modern cropland practices have cut the population to a fraction of its original quantity.
Tips on identifying Camas
There are two species of Camas common in our area. Each can occur in blue, purple or white. Camas flowers are made up of tepals, parts that are not really petals and not really sepals.
|Tepals vary slightly in size. Tepals wither separately. Often grows in shallow soil over rock||Common Camas||Camassia quamash|
|Tepals are all the same size. Tepals twist over the ovary when they wither. Often grows in boggy soils.||Great Camas||Camassia leichtlinii|
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