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Erythronium oregonum  Applegate
Giant white fawnlily,   Oregon fawn lily
Erythronium oregonum is a perennial herb (bulb) that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).
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~48 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
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Genus: Erythronium
Family: Liliaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFErythronium oregonum ssp. leucandrum
Information about  Erythronium oregonum from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (EROR4)

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[Wikipedia] Range, Habitat, Uses, History: In North America from southern British Columbia south to northern California, west of the Cascade Range to the Coast Range and Siskiyous.[6] It grows in meadows, rocky outcrops, and coniferous forests.[3] Uses Bears have been known to eat the entire plant.[7] Native Americans ate the roots raw or cooked.[7] History "John Burroughs is said to have named this species 'fawn lily' because he thought the two leaves looked like the pricked ears of a fawn. more likely, 'fawn' alludes to the mottled leaf coloring."[8] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/18/2024).