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Taxon: Toxicoscordion venenosum (S. Watson) Rydb.

Genus: Toxicoscordion
Family: Melanthiaceae tribe: Melanthieae. Also placed in: Liliaceae
Nomen number: 432261
Place of publication: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 30:272. 1903
Name verified on: 17-Mar-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 7 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • elegant death camas   (Source: F Utah ed2 [as Zigadenus venenosus]) – English
  • grassy death camas   (Source: F NAmer [as Zigadenus venenosus var. gramineus]) – English
  • meadow death camas   (Source: F NAmer [as Zigadenus venenosus]) – English
  • Watson's death camas   (Source: F Utah ed2 [as Zigadenus venenosus]) – English

Economic importance:

  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals   (fide Kingsbury, as Zigadenus venenosus; Can Poison Pl, as Zigadenus venenosus)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta [s.], British Columbia [s.], Saskatchewan [s.]
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Nebraska [n.w.], North Dakota [w.], South Dakota [w.]
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California, Nevada, Utah [n.]
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Baja Norte


  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America. [= Zigadenus venenosus].
  • Welsh, S. L. et al. 1993. A Utah flora. [= Zigadenus venenosus].
  • Zomlefer, W. B. & W. S. Judd. 2002. Resurrection of segregates of the polyphyletic genus Zigadenus s.l. (Liliales: Melanthiaceae) and resulting new combinations. Novon 12:302.


Check other web resources for Toxicoscordion venenosum (S. Watson) Rydb.:


  • GRIN Images of germplasm accessions.
  • Seeds or fruits: Seed ID Workshop image, from Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (05 October 2015)

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