Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Camassia scilloides (Raf.) Cory image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Robert Bierman

Robert R. Kowal

Thomas A. Meyer
Family Liliaceae
Camassia scilloides (Raf.) Cory
Atlantic camas, eastern camas, wild-hyacinth
Camassia: from native American words Camas and quamash for "sweet" in reference to the importance of this plant as a food source
scilloides: Latin for "like Scilla," Old World genus of bulbous plants with leaves similar to these
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Status: Endangered
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall forb; from a bulb
Flower: white to blue, 6-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, star-shaped, stalks 1/2"-1" long; inflorescence a many-flowered, loose, terminal, spike-like cluster (raceme) on a long, thick stalk; blooms April-June
Fruit:rounded capsule
Leaf:basal, grass-like, 1/4"-1/3" wide
Habitat: moderate moisture to wet; prairies, open woods

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Camassia esculenta (Ker Gawl.) B.L.Rob.
Cyanotris scilloides Raf.
Quamasia hyacinthina (Raf.) Britton
Schoenolirion texanum (Scheele) A.Gray

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