Category Archives: Erythronium

Three Unusual Plants on a Very Small Mountain

By Art Guppy Mt. Prevost is a very small mountain (786 m.) a few kilometres north of Duncan on Vancouver Island.  In appearance it is nothing more than a large hill covered by coniferous forest except for patches of bare … Continue reading

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A New Look at Erythronium Part 2

Revised with “Addenda” added January, 2011.  Copyright 2011 Arthur G. Guppy An earlier, edited version of this appeared in the Rock Garden Quarterly, Vol. 66 (1), 2008 [ See part 1 here ] To understand and appreciate the various Erythronium … Continue reading

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Erythronium Seeds showing Eliasomes and Ants: Myrmecochory

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Elaiosomes are little fleshy projections on plant seeds that are irresistibly attractive to ants.  When ants discover such seeds, they seize them and carry them away to their nests, where presumably the elaiosomes are fed to the ant larvae.  The … Continue reading

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Ants and a New Look at Erythronium Part 1

Revised January, 2011.  Copyright 2011 Arthur G. Guppy An earlier version of Part 1 was published in the Summer 2007 issue of the Rock Garden Quarterly with photos of Erythronium japonicum, E. sibiricum (unmottled leaves), E. californicum with red nectar … Continue reading

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A Magical Spot

In May 2006, while wandering about on the slopes above Lake Quinault in western Washington State, I came upon a remarkable group of beautiful pink-flowered erythroniums. The weather was perfectly splendid — for erythronium, that is — but for me, … Continue reading

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Erythronium quinaultense and Erythronium elegans, two very unusual species

by Art Guppy This article was published in the Winter, 2006, issue of bulletin of the Alpine Garden Club of BC, with several photos by others.  The attached photos were taken by the author, some after this was published.  Two … Continue reading

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