I apologize for the lack of a photograph yesterday, but I had student projects to evaluate for end-of-term during the day and then attended the successful Collectors’ Plant Auction last night.
Today’s photograph is shared by a UBC horticulturist Mathew Vis-Dunbar, who also attended the Native Plant Society of BC‘s field trip to Galiano last weekend. I am hoping that someone took a photo of Mathew while he was photographing this group of flowers from ground-level.
Erythronium oregonum joins what is now a respectable series of fawn-lilies on BPotD: Erythronium grandiflorum, Erythronium revolutum, Erythronium americanum and Erythronium montanum. These five species represent approximately a fifth of the recognized species of Erythronium. As its epithet implies, giant white fawn-lily (or deer’s tongue) is a native to the west coast of North America, specifically British Columbia, Washington and Oregon (and, depending on interpretation of the species, California) west of the Cascade Mountains. Its common name of deer’s tongue is due to its oft-mottled foliage, photographs of which can be seen on the Erythronium oregonum page via the Burke Museum.
We encountered this species in multiple locations on Galiano. The best location was Bellhouse Provincial Park (and the road leading to it), where the plants could be found en masse in populations of a few hundred. To my eye, plants growing in shadier and moister conditions seemed a bit more robust than those exposed to more sunlight and drier substrates.