Wednesday 4 May 2016

False Solomon Seal Flower

    I don’t know what a genuine Solomon Seal looks like, but what you see above is the flower of the False Solomon Seal (Smilacina racemosa).  It is a common plant that grows in the moist forests in our neck of the Robson Valley.  These flowers, once pollinated will eventually develop into red berries, which, while edible, are not very palatable.  Natives of the Interior of BC classified them as “Grizzly Bear food’ and didn’t bother collecting them.
    What always attracts me to this flower is the light green color at the lower end of the cluster that slowly gradates into the brighter yellow green toward the top.

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