Death Camas (Zigadenus leimanthoides)

Death Camas (Zigadenus leimanthoides), Dolly Sods Wilderness, Tucker County, West Virginia, USA

Death Camas (Zigadenus leimanthoides), Dolly Sods Wilderness

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Death Camas (Zigadenus leimanthoides)

The Death Camas (Zigadenus leimanthoides) is a member of the liliaceae or lily family.  It is a erect perennial growing between 2- and 8-feet tall, arising from a bulb.  As its name implies, the Death Camas is poisonous.  The leaves, which are from 8- to 20-inches in length and 0.16 to 0.5-inches wide, are linear and mostly crowded near the base.  The flower cluster is a branched panicle (single-flowered stalks attached along a common axis).  The terminal panicle is much longer than the few lower spreading ones.  The flowers are stalked, white to greenish white or yellow with 6 oval shaped tepals.  These are very small flowers with the tepals only growing up to 0.2-inches long.  They have a small yellow gland at the base.   The Death Camas flowers from June to August.  It is primarily found on the coastal plain from New York south to Georgia and west to Louisiana.  It is also found in the southern uplands.


  1. You sure have a knack for creating art from these flower shots, Mark. Very nice indeed. Awesome DoF, man.
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  2. Very nicely captured with super bokeh Mark.
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  3. Nice image, Mark. Agree with Len, the bokeh makes the shot.
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  4. Beautiful image Mark. I love the shallow DoF.
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