Camassia Bulbs

John Bryan
Mon, 10 Feb 2003 09:57:00 PST
Dear Robin:
Camassia leichtlinii bulbs are generally 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches in
diameter. C. quamash bulbs are larger and when given moisture can be
much larger. as to shape, the best description could be perhaps
'tear-drop' whiten with often a few old scales which are dark brown or
black. Hope this helps. Cheers, John E. Bryan

> "Robin L. Hansen" wrote:
> Can anyone tell me if there is a difference in the shape of Camassia
> quamash bulbs as compared to C. leichtlinii?  I have searched all my
> keys and other reference books and can find no description of the
> bulbs.  Martyn & Rix have many photos of plants showing the
> underground parts but not of Camassia.  I've keyed out some as
> leichtlinii, then noticed two distinct bulb shapes when I was
> transplanting younger stock that hasn't bloomed yet, and know I may
> have mixed tags.  If this sounds confused, I am.  Please save me from
> a terminal state of confusion!
> Robin Hansen, Zone 9 Southwest Oregon Coast
> sunny and warm and where's the rain??

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