Flowering Branch in Ground
Centre Block, Cypress Hills Interprovincial
The camera is below the branch and pointed
skyward to capture the hanging flowers.
Streptopus: 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 axillary, suspended on delicate
stalks from leaf axils, either singly or in few-flowered clusters
(leaves small and scale-like in Asparagus). NOT [Flowers terminal,
either single or grouped in an umbel, raceme or panicle.]
Flowers 1 per stalk; flower stalk 1-3 per
leaf axil, terete, filiform, jointed or bent at right angle midway along
its length; berries orange to red when mature. NOT [Flowers 2-10
per stalk; flower stalk 1 per leaf axil, flattened toward base, neither
jointed nor angled; berries dark blue when mature.]
Flower stalks 2-5 cm long, bent at right
angle with gland at elbow; leaves ovate to lanceolate, 5-15 cm long. NOT
[Flower stalks at most 1.2 cm long, +/- straight with an inconspicuous
joint midway along the length; leaves reduced to 1-2 (3) mm long scales
subtending branches and clusters of 1-3 cm long, flattened, thread-like
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.]