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Flora:Great Camas

From Portland Hikers Field Guide

Great Camas in the Camassia Natural Area (Steve Hart)
Camassia leichtlinii
Lily Family


Alternate Names: Large Camas, Leichtlin's Camas

Color Purple.jpg
Petals Purplesix.jpg
Origin Native.jpg
Status Uncommon.jpg

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Description

Great Camas grows in Western Washington and most of Oregon.

Near Rowena Crest Trailhead (Steve Hart)
Seed pods, Camassia Natural Area (Steve Hart)


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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