Tofieldia glutinosa (Michx.) Pers. - False Asphodel


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Tofieldia glutinosa - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Liliaceae


Moist or wet, calcareous habitats.




Newfoundland west to AK, south to NY, IN, and CA, and in mountains to WV and NC.


Rhizomatous perennial to 50 cm. Leaves 2-ranked; basal leaves several, to 20 cm long and 8 mm wide; cauline leaves absent or single and bract-like near the middle of the stem. Flowers white, perfect, hypogenous, in a raceme 2-5 cm on a sticky-hairy scape 20-50 cm long; pedicels sticky-hairy, 3-6 mm, in clusters of 2 or 3, each with 3 small ovate bractlets at the top; tepals separate, oblanceolate, spreading or ascending, sessile, glandless, 4 mm; stamens 6, with subulate, flattened filaments; ovary superior, with 3 short, subulate styles; ovules numerous; fruit ovoid, thin-walled, 5-6 mm; seeds fusiform with a filiform contorted appendage at each end.


Flowers June to October

Wetland indicator: Obligate

The common name refers to the resemblance to certain plants in the family Asphodelaceae.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




 Michael Hough 2009