White Fawn Lily, Erythronium albidum Nutt.

Erythronium albidum Nutt.

lily with white petals

© 2000 by James L. Reveal

Its European generic name, Erythronium—"red flower"—notwithstanding, this species, which William Clark looked for back in the Mississippi River valley on 17 April 1804, is white—albidum. Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859), whom James Reveal calls "one of the most adventurous of the early naturalists on the American frontier," published its scientific description in his book, North American Genera of Plants, in 1815. He defined its habitat as "Throughout the western states and territories into Upper Louisiana, and on the banks of the Missouri," but did not say where he found his specimen.

Funded in part by a grant from the Idaho Governor's Lewis and Clark Trail Committee