Veratrum californicum

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Scientific Name Veratrum californicum var. californicum (Veratrum tenuipetalum) USDA PLANTS Symbol
VECAC2
Common Name California False Hellebore, Corn Lily ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
530776
Family Melanthiaceae (False Hellebore) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine. Moist, low areas in meadows, creek bottoms and forest openings.
Plant: Erect, stout, leafy perennial up to 7 feet tall; growing in colonies.
Leaves: Many large corn-like leaves, ovate to oblong-lanceolate up to 12 inches long, reducing upwards; prominent parallel veins.
Inflorescence: Dense elongated panicle containing hundreds of greenish-white flowers, each with 6 greenish-white tepals.
References: Descr. adapted from Flora and Fauna Northwest, www.americansouthwest.net and "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
Note: POISONOUS
Colorado Status
Native

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