The highly poisonous Meadow Deathcamas (Zigadenus venenosus) grows throughout most of the western United States. It has petal-like segments about 1/4 of an inch (6 mm) long, the inner 3 slightly longer and with a short stalk at the base, and stamens about as long as the segments.
The Meadow Deathcamas is a member of the lily family (family Liliaceae). Lilies are mostly perennial herbs from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, some rather woody and treelike, and often showy flowers in racemes or branched racemes. The family is extremely complex and botanists estimate 250 genera and 4,000-6,000 species. Many, including tulips and day lilies, are handsome ornamentals. Asparagus, Sarsaparilla, onions, and the medicinally useful Aloe are from the family. A few species are poisonous.
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