PRAIRIE CAMAS
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Camassia angusta   (Engelm. & A. Gray) Blankinship
Neosho County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 12-44 inches
Family: Liliaceae - Lily Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Also Called: Wild hyacinth.
Stems: Stemless; flowering stalk stout, from bulb; bulbs sometimes clustered, spherical, dark, scaly, .4 to 1.2 inch thick, about 3 inches below surface.
Leaves: Basal, appearing whorled, 3-11, linear, grass-like, 8-24 inches long, 1/5 to 4/5 inch wide, lowest 1/3 of blade keeled.
Inflorescences: Raceme, 10-34 inches, many flowered, terminal; bracts threadlike, about equaling flower stalks.
Flowers: Symmetrical; perianth segments 6, pale blue to lavender, spreading, 1/4 to 2/5 inch long, 3- or 5-veined; stamens 6; anthers bright yellow; filaments threadlike, much longer than anthers; stigma distinctly 3-parted.
Fruits: Capsule, ovoid-oblong, 1/4 to 2/5 inch long, pale green to light-brown; seeds 2-5 per compartment, black; fruiting stalks usually upcurving-erect.
Habitat: Moist prairies and open woods.
Distribution: East 1/3 of Kansas.
Uses: Native Americans used the bulbs as a food source. They were eaten raw, baked, roasted, boiled in soups, or dried for later use.
Comments: The leaves arise about 2 weeks before the flowers. Prairie camas is pollinated by butterflies, bees and flies.

Prairie camas
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Neosho County, Kansas
Prairie camas
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Neosho County, Kansas