Prosartes hookeri

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Prosartes hookeri
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Prosartes hookeri in John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Prosartes
Species: P. hookeri
Binomial name
Prosartes hookeri
Torr.
Synonyms

Disporum hookeri

Prosartes hookeri, formerly Disporum hookeri, is a species of flowering plant in the Liliaceae known by the common names drops of gold and Hooker's fairy bells.

Occurrence[edit]

It is native to western North America from western Canada to California to Montana, where it usually grows in shady, damp areas, such as forest understory. A typical west coast habitat is in forest floors of California oak woodlands, where common understory flora associates may include Coastal woodfern, Dryopteris arguta; Maidenhair fern, Adiantum jordanii and False Solomon's seal, Maianthemum racemosum.[1]

The fruit is an orange to bright red berry.

Morphology[edit]

It is an erect, few-branched perennial herb growing up to a meter tall from a rhizome. Its narrow, fuzzy stems bear wide, oval-shaped, pointed leaves up to 15 centimeters long and hairless to hairy, often with hairs along the edges and on the veins underneath.[2] The inflorescence at the tips of branches produce one to three drooping, hanging flowers which may be hidden in the cover of the large leaves. The flower is bell-shaped with six white to green veiny tepals and six protruding stamens with large anthers. The fruit is an orange to bright red berry just under a centimeter wide.

References[edit]

Line notes[edit]

  1. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008
  2. ^ Jepson Manual. 1993

External links[edit]

Media related to Prosartes hookeri at Wikimedia Commons