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White Flowers ( Basal Leaves Only )
Lily Family (Liliaceae)

Sticky False Asphodel
Tofieldia glutinosa

Season: June-August
Habitat:
 Moist Calcareous Bogs and wet locations from the Montane to the Alpine.
Height:
 10-50 cm

Description: This unique plant can be found near bogs and marshes. It has numerous, narrow, lily-like leaves growing in a basal clump, or slightly up the stem. The erect, green stem is sticky. The dense terminal cluster of white flowers have dark anthers which extend beyond the petals.

Flower: The flower forms a tight raceme cluster at the tip of the stem. The individual flowers are white or tinged with green. The cluster is 2-5 cm in length and 1-2 cm thick. The tiny flowers occur in groups of 2 or 3 at the end of short sticky stalks. Each flower has six petals and often the purplish anthers visible.

Leaf: The leaves are primarily basal, forming a clump of narrow, linear, grass-like leaves. The leaves are 5-20 cm long. Occassionally, there is a small bract-like leaf half way up the sticky stem.Stem leaves are alternate.

Fruit/Seed: The yellowish or red seeds form an erect capsule with several tails.

Similar Species: Common False Asphodel (T. pusilla) is a smaller plant (5-20 cm) with numerous leaves that often form fan-like tufts. The stem lacks the sticky sturface of T. glutinosa.

Range: You can find this throughout the Rockies, stretching from the Yukon to Montana.

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