Camassia scilloides

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Camassia scilloides
Camassia scilloides Ozarks.jpg

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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Agavoideae
Genus: Camassia
Species: C. scilloides
Binomial name
Camassia scilloides
(Raf.) Cory.
Synonyms[1]

Camassia esculenta
(Ker Gawl.) B.L.Rob.(nom. illeg.)

Camassia scilloides is a perennial herb known commonly as Atlantic camas, wild hyacinth,[2] and eastern camas.[3] It is native to the eastern half of North America, including Ontario and the eastern United States.[3]

It produces inflorescences up to half a meter tall from a bulb 1 to 3 centimeters wide. It has a few leaves each up to 60 centimeters long. The flowers have light blue or whitish tepals and yellow anthers. The green or brown capsule is up to a centimeter long.[3]

Native American groups used the bulbs for food, eating them raw, baked, roasted, boiled, or dried.[4]

Taxonomy[edit]

The superseded name Camassia esculenta (Ker Gawl.) B.L.Rob., (nom. illeg.)[5] should not be confused with Camassia esculenta (Nutt.) Lindl., a superseded name for Camassia quamash supsp. quamash.[6]

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