Chocolate lilies

Chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) top view

A few days ago a friend told me where she’d seen chocolate lilies (Fritillaria camschatcensis), so I went on an excursion with my camera. And she was right, there were LOTS of them. They’re not very noticeable—the brownish colour just kind of fades into the background. But once you get up close and look at the details, my my.

Chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) view from below

The writeup I linked to notes that they have a foul odor—but I didn’t notice anything, despite being up close and personal.

Chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) extreme closeup of petal

I found out some interesting things when looking for information on them. They’re an important part of the now-rare Garry Oak ecosystem and were used as a traditional food by native peoples. An ethnobotantist from the Squamish First Nation, Leigh Joseph, is working on a project to cultivate and reintroduce “riceroot” to First Nations diet as a tool to combat diabetes.

Chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) closeup from below

Altogether a very cool plant.


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