Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Dodecatheon amethystinum (Fassett) Fassett image
Photographer: Robert R. Kowal           

Robert R. Kowal
Family Primulaceae
Dodecatheon amethystinum (Fassett) Fassett
jeweled shooting-star
Dodecatheon: from Greek dodeka, "twelve;" thios, "god(s)." One source implies it was considered to be powerful medicine and under the care of the twelve leading gods, and another suggests that because the flowers sometimes appear in clusters of twelve
amethystinum: for the color "amethyst"
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Status: Special Concern
Plant: erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall, smooth forb
Flower: magenta, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" long, petals facing backward and upward from the flower center; inflorescence an umbel of nodding, long-stalked flowers on a 8"-24" tall stalk; blooms April-June
Fruit:light red/brown capsule, thin-walled, often about 3 times as long as wide, splitting at the base
Leaf:oblong, basal, often with a reddish base
Habitat: shade; moist; cliffs, streambanks; in limy soil
Notes: very similar to D. media except for the capsule and habitat
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Dodecatheon amethystinum (Fassett) Fassett f. amethystinum
Dodecatheon amethystinum (Fassett) Fassett f. margaritaceum Fassett
Dodecatheon meadia L. var. amethystinum Fassett
Dodecatheon pulchellum Raf. subsp. pulchellum pro parte
Dodecatheon radicatum Greene var. radicatum pro parte

         
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