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Flora:Common Camas

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Camas in Lacamas Park (Steve Hart)
Camassia quamash
Lily Family

Alternate Names: Camas, Small Camas

Color Purple.jpg
Petals Purplesix.jpg
Origin Native.jpg
Status Common.jpg




Common Camas was once one of the most common plants in our area. While the plant is still common, modern cropland practices have cut the population to a fraction of its original quantity.

Catherine Creek (Steve Hart)
Bridal Veil (Steve Hart)
Lacamas Park (Steve Hart)
Catherine Creek (Steve Hart)
Catherine Creek (Steve Hart)
Lacamas Park (Steve Hart)
Lacamas Park (Steve Hart)

Tips on identifying Camas

There are two species of Camas common in our area. Each can occur in blue, purple or white. Camas flowers are made up of tepals, parts that are not really petals and not really sepals.

Tepals vary slightly in size. Tepals wither separately. Often grows in shallow soil over rock Common Camas Camassia quamash
Tepals are all the same size. Tepals twist over the ovary when they wither. Often grows in boggy soils. Great Camas Camassia leichtlinii


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