Montana Outdoors

May 2, 2009

Early morning sun

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 6:54 pm

Arrowleaf balsamroot

(Arrowleaf balsamroot blossom)

Death Camas

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Zigadenus venenosus, (Lily family)

Death Camas

All parts of this plant contain the poisonous alkaloid zygadenine, which some claim to be more potent than strychnine. One bulb, raw or cooked, can be fatal.” (From Montana Plant Life.)

The bulbs contain the most concentrated alkaloids and can easily be mistaken for the bulbs of Blue Camas (Camassia quamash) which is still being harvested as a food source by many local Indians.

Presumably the death part doesn’t apply to the little visitor with the Persian rug suit, doing its destined job as the plant’s pollinator. (Actually it’s just mooching a free lunch but I think describing it as a “destined pollinator” reads better.)

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