Clasping Twisted-stalk – Streptopus amplexifolius

Lily Family – Liliaceae 

Actual flower size: 1/2 inch long

Actual flower size: 1/2 inch long

Plant Description: Clasping Twisted-stalk has arching branches, 1 to 3 feet long, that bend at the leaf nodes in zigzag fashion. The leaves are in 2 rows, alternate, strongly clasping, oval to lance-shaped, 2 to 6 inches long, prominently veined, with a sharp pointed tip. Concealed under each leaf hangs a white bell on a pedicel with a kink in the middle.

Flower Description: The 6 tepals are white with a tinge of green, .5 inches long, with tips that spread and curve back.  The 6 stamens are short and of unequal length, the outer ones being much shorter than the inner ones.  The style is thick and .25 inch long.

Ecology: Clasping Twisted-stalk grows in shady damp woods  and wet stream banks at low to middle elevations.

Clasping Twisted-stalk Photo Gallery