Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Northeast Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Zigadenus glaberrimus Michx.
- Family: Lily (Liliaceae)
- Flowering: July-September
- Field Marks: This is the only Zigadenus with thick, creeping rhizomes with persistent leaf
bases. The base of each sepal and petal has 2 yellowish glands.
- Habitat: Savannas, wet pinelands.
- Habit: Perennial herb from woody, blackish rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, usually unbranched, smooth, up to 3 1/2 feet tall, obscurely triangular.
- Leaves: Both basal and alternate on the stem, elongated, linear, keeled on the back, pointed at the tip, smooth, up to 1 inch wide.
- Flowers: Several in a much branched panicle up to 1 1/2 feet long; bracts up to 1/2 inch long; flowers white; flower stalks up to 3/4 inch long.
- Sepals: 3, free from each other, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, up to 3/4 inch long, about 1/4 inch wide, pointed at the tip, white, each with 2 yellowish glands at the base.
- Petals: 3, free from each other, lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, up to 3/4 inch long, about 1/4 inch wide, pointed at the tip, clawed at the base, white, each with 2 yellowish glands at the base.
- Stamens: 6.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules ovoid, 1/2-3/4 inch long, smooth; seeds up to 1/4 inch long.
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