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Taxon: Dichelostemma capitatum (Benth.) Alph. Wood

Genus: Dichelostemma
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Brodiaeoideae
Nomen number: 447394
Place of publication: Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 1868[20]:173. 1868
Link to protologue:
Comment: Wood's usage "D. capitata Benth.?" is an indirect reference to the basionym Brodiaea capitata Benth. (Melbourne ICN Art. 41.3) and not ascription of this name to Bentham (Art. 46.3). The "?" (re. uncertain generic placement?) does not preclude valid publication (Art. 34.1).
Name Verified on: 10-Nov-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 05-Mar-2015
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 6 (6 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • bluedicks  (Source: F CalifJep) - English
  • covenna  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • crow-poison  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • fool's-onion  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • grass-nuts  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • Indian-hyacinth  (Source: F NAmer) - English
  • indianhyacint  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Distributional Range:


    Northern America
    • NORTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Oregon (s.)]
    • SOUTH-CENTRAL U.S.A.: United States [New Mexico (s.w.)]
    • SOUTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Arizona, California, Nevada (s.), Utah (s.)]
    • NORTHERN MEXICO: Mexico [Baja Norte, Sonora]


  1. Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on www.skud.info). 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  2. CONABIO Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad en Mexico. Sistema Integrado de Información Taxonómica (SIIT) (on-line resource). (CONABIO)
  3. Cronquist, A. et al. Intermountain flora. (Intermt F)
  4. FNA Editorial Committee Flora of North America. (F NAmer)
  5. Hickman, J. C., ed. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California. 1993 (F CalifJep)
  6. Welsh, S. L. et al. A Utah flora. (F Utah ed2)

Check other web resources for Dichelostemma capitatum (Benth.) Alph. Wood :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=447394. Accessed 24 January 2019.