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Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum
grass-widow, purple-eyed grass-widow
Close up of flower showing filament tubes (yellow colored in this plant) inflated near base.

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; south-central British Columbia to Nevada, east to Idaho and northwestern Utah.

Habitat: Sagebrush flats, grasslands, open ponderosa pine woodlands, where moist in early spring.

Flowers: January-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Generalist

Identification Notes:

Occurs east of the Cascades in Washington. Filament tube is more strongly inflated at base and tepals are lighter pinkish-purple in color. Commonly has 2-3 flowers per stem.

Accepted Name:
Olsynium douglasii (A. Dietr.) E.P. Bicknell var. inflatum (Suksd.) Cholewa & Douglass M. Hend.
Publication: MadroƱo. 38: 232. 1991.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Olysnium inflatum Suks.
Sisyrinchium douglasii A. Dietr. var. inflatum (Suksd.) P.K. Holmgren
Sisyrinchium inflatum (Suksd.) H. St. John [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum information.

E-Flora BC: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum photos.

USDA Plants: Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum information.

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