Brodiaea

Brodiaea is a genus with sixteen species restricted to western North America, ranging geographically from Vancouver, B.C. to Baja California. This name has been used for a whole group of plants referred to as the Brodiaea complex that also includes the genera Dichelostemma and Triteleia. Brodiaea is differentiated from Dichelostemma by a flowering stem that is generally straight not curved or twisted, an umbel that is typically open, not dense, and the presence of three sterile stamens (staminodes) instead of appendages that are crown-like, forming a tube outside the anthers. Brodiaea is differentiated from Triteleia by having only three fertile stamens instead of 6. This genus has been considered to be a member of many different families in the past (Amaryllidaceae, Liliaceae, Alliaceae). Recent work (2001) suggests placing it in a new family, Themidaceae, which includes other California genera (Androstephium, Bloomeria, Dichelostemma, and Triteleia) and some Mexican genera with corms. Even more recent work suggests placing it a proposed expansion of Asparagaceae in a branch with Hyacinthaceae. Brodiaea was the topic of the week on the Pacific Bulb Society list in June 2003. The discussion was led by Mary Sue Ittner. The pbs archives are the source for her Daily Introductions.


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Brodiaea species
Brodiaea appendiculata, UC Botanical Garden, Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
appendiculata
Brodiaea californica, Mary Sue Ittner [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
californica
Brodiaea coronaria, Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
coronaria
Brodiaea elegans, Bob Rutemoeller [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
elegans
Brodiaea filifolia, Bob Rutemoeller [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
filifolia
Brodiaea insignis, Tilden Botanic Garden, Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
insignis
Brodiaea jolonensis, Mary Sue Ittner [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
jolonensis
Brodiaea kinkiensis, Mary Sue Ittner [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
kinkiensis
Brodiaea minor, Mary Sue Ittner [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
minor
Brodiaea orcuttii, Jim Duggan [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
orcuttii
Brodiaea pallida, Bob Rutemoeller [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
pallida
Brodiaea purdyi showing staminodes, Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
purdyi
Brodiaea stellaris, Bob Rutemoeller [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
stellaris
Brodiaea terrestris ssp. terrestris, Mary Sue Ittner [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
terrestris

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