Hidden Valley Nature Area,
North-East of Lumsden in Qu'Appelle Valley
Note the tips of the inner tepals are spreading,
Textile: Answers to key
questions leading to this species, from Lilies, Irises & Orchids of
Saskatchewan by Vernon L. Harms and Anna L. Leighton. The answers are in
the order you would normally work through the key.
Umbels less compact, +/- hemispheric;
flowers white or pink; pedicels as long as or much longer than the
flowers; stems solid (not hollow); leaf blades solid, channelled, flat
to somewhat round in cross-section; anthers yellow, pollen yellow.
NOT [Umbels compact, nearly spherical; flowers pale purple to deep
lilac; pedicels shorter than the flowers; stems hollow; leaf blades
hollow, round in cross-section; anthers purple, pollen white.]
Stamens and style shorter than perianth;
appendages on capsule rounded, inconspicuous (<0.3 mm long); tepals
persisting in fruit and permanently enveloping capsule, the midribs
becoming thick; outer bulb coat a network of fibers. NOT [Stamens
and style longer than the perianth; appendages on capsule +/-
triangular, conspicuous (up to 1 mm long); tepals withering in fruit,
the midrib visible but not thickened; outer bulb coat membranous, if
fibers present, they are remains of nerves and parallel to each other
rather than part of a network of fibers.]
Allium: Answers to key questions
leading to this genus, from Lilies, Irises & Orchids of Saskatchewan
by Vernon L. Harms and Anna L. Leighton. The answers are in the order
you would normally work through the key.
Flowers terminal, either single or
grouped in an umbel, raceme or panicle. NOT [Flowers axillary,
suspended on delicate stalks from leaf axils, either singly or in
few-flowered clusters (leaves small and scale-like in Asparagus).]
Flowers several-to-many in an umbel,
raceme or panicle. NOT [Flowers single (occasionally Hypoxis has a
single flower but it is unique in having an inferior ovary)]
Inflorescence an umbel. NOT
[Inflorescence a raceme or panicle.]
Leaves basal, long, narrow, grass-like.
NOT [Leaves cauline, linear to lanceolate or ovate, not grass-like.]
Umbels usually with more than seven
flowers; plants with bulbs; ovary superior; plants with onion odour.
NOT [Umbels with at most seven flowers; plants with corms; ovary
inferior; plants lacking onion odour]
Liliaceae: Answers to key questions
leading to this family, from Lilies, Irises & Orchids of Saskatchewan
by Vernon L. Harms and Anna L. Leighton .
Ovary positioned above the attachment
point of the other flower parts (ovary superior) or with the other parts
attached partway up the ovary wall (ovary partly inferior) or, if ovary
positioned below the attachment point (ovary inferior), then stamen
number 6 (Hypoxis); stamens 3 or 6 (rarely 4); fruit a capsule or berry.
NOT [Ovary positioned below the attachment point of the other flower
parts (ovary inferior); stamens 1-3; fruit a capsule.]