Fritillaria camschatcensis (L.) Ker-Gawl.
FamilyLiliaceae — APG family: Liliaceae
SynonymsLilium camschatcense L.
Common namekamchatka fritillary, saran
DescriptionBulbs of several fleshy scales and their bladelike petioles, which disintegrate into numerous ricelike bulblets; leaves in 2-3 whorls; flowers purplish-black, 1 to several close together, on short pedicels; capsule obtusely angled. The perianth segments are often striped with green on the outside in American specimens, less so in Asiatic. In meager soil the plant is often sterile, with only 1, ovate, basal leaf.
EcologyMeadows. Described from “Canada, Kamtschatka.” The smaller subsp. alpina Mats. & Toyok. occurs in the alpine zone of Japan.
UsesThe bulbs, which contain starch and sugar, were a staple food of the prehistoric natives; the taste is bitter. The bulblets are dug in the fall, dried, and used in stews or powdered into flour.
Hultén's Flora About

This is a digital representation of Eric Hultén’s ‘Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories: A Manual of the Vascular Plants’, which was published by Stanford University Press in 1968. The book was digitized by C. Webb (at UAMN) as part of the Flora of Alaska project, with funding by the US NSF (Grant 1759964 to Ickert-Bond & Webb), and with permission of Stanford University Press. Data and images © 1968 Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr. Univ. Usage licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. NB: You may find OCR errors; please refer to the hard-copy if in doubt.