Streptopus amplexifolius (Clasping-Leaved Twisted Stalk) - photos and description

Streptopus amplexifolius
15 cm ruler for scale

Streptopus amplexifolius

Streptopus amplexifolius

Streptopus amplexifolius

Streptopus amplexifolius
Leaves bent back to show flowers

Streptopus amplexifolius
Flower stem bent like an elbow (the "twisted stalk")

Streptopus amplexifolius

General: Perennial with stout stems and a branching growth habit. Notable for its elbowed flower stalks, giving the stalks a twisted appearance. Stems bristly hairy at the bottom, stems glabrous at the top.

Flowers: Flowers are greenish-white, single, from leaf axils, and hang underneath the plant on a flower stem bent like an elbow. Flowers are fragrant.

Leaves: Leaves are lanceolate to ovate, alternate, clasp the stem. Leaf highlighted in photo above was 10.5 cm long and 4 cm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 100 cm, we measured plants to 85 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist woods.

Abundance: Rare, this plant is listed as an S3 (as of 2019) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken July 2nd, in moist spruce woods in the Porcupine Hills, 400 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.