(Brodiaea orcuttii )
Photo Copyright 2001 Ellen Friedman & Ted Dunning
Description: Perennial herbs with underground corms (underground unbranched stems). Inflorescence is an umbul with bracts on a leafless stalk, 3 1/8 - 9 3/4 inches (8-25cm) long, arising from the ground. The flower is violet and bell-shaped with petals 3/8 - 3/4 inches (12-19mm) long, spreading outward, and with a tube 1/8 - 1/4 inch (3-5mm) long. The stalks of the flowers are 3/4 - 3 1/8 (2-8cm) long. The fruit is an eggshaped capsule with black seeds.
Habitat: Grassland near streams, vernal pools and seeps, clay, chaparral, yellow pine forest.
Flowering Period: Blooms April - July.
Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B