Triantha glutinosa (Sticky Asphodel) - photos and description




Brown sticky hairs on upper stem


General: Slender, erect plant with Iris-like leaves. Upper stem sticky with glandular hairs.

A Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences article from August, 2021 found Triantha occidentalis (native to BC and Alberta) to be carnivorous, and speculated that Triantha glutinosa with its sticky glandular hairs may also by a carnivorous plant.  PNAS article.

Flowers: Inflorescence a dense raceme of white flowers, raceme measured at 6 cm long, flowers at 10 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves almost all basal, sometimes with a bract-like leaf mid-stem. Leaves are linear, arranged in a fan like those of an Iris, we measured a leaf at 13 cm long and 5 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm, we measured plants to 47 cm tall.

Habitat: Sphagnum bogs and fens in the boreal forest.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Tofieldia glutinosa.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos on June 29th in a forest bog, the Nisbet Provincial Forest, about 400 km north of Regina, SK, and July 9th, forest meadow, boreal forest, about 400 km north of our home in Regina, SK.