death camas


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death camas

also death camass
n.
Any of several plants of the genus Zigadenus, primarily of North America, having grasslike leaves and clusters of usually greenish-white flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
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Noun1.death camas - any of various plants of the genus Zigadenus having glaucous leaves and terminal racemes of mostly white flowersdeath camas - any of various plants of the genus Zigadenus having glaucous leaves and terminal racemes of mostly white flowers; all are poisonous
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
genus Zigadenus, Zigadenus - genus of mostly North American poisonous plants; sometimes placed in family Melanthiaceae
alkali grass, Zigadenus elegans - plant of western North America having grasslike leaves and greenish-white flowers
white camas, Zigadenus glaucus - plant of eastern and central North America having creamy white flowers tinged with brown or purple; poisonous especially to grazing animals
poison camas, Zigadenus nuttalli - a common perennial death camas; Tennessee to Kansas to Texas
grassy death camas, Zigadenus venenosus, Zigadenus venenosus gramineus - plant of western North America to Mexico; poisonous especially to grazing animals
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From Arrowleaf Balsamroot, whose flowers and roots were cooked and eaten by Indians, to Zigadenus Elegans, a poisonous death camas flower planted by Indians around their camp perimeters to ward off evil spirits, "Mountain Wildflowers" presents a rainbow of relevant information about beautiful mountain wildflowers for young readers.
The blue spikes of camas lilies and white spikes of unrelated death camas stand out among the spring grasses.
Some of the plants in this family provide edible shoots or bulbs, but beware, as some of the wild members of the lily family can be poisonous (e.g., death camas, Zygadenus gramineus).