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Flower:Camas, Common
Reference:Trip Journal Entry
Genus / Species:Camassia quamash
Notes:The bulb of this plant was an important food staple for Northwest Native Americans. A clue to it's prior abundance comes from Lewis' journal of June 12th 1806--The quawmash is now in blume and from the colour of its bloom at a short distance it resembles lakes of fine clear water, so complete in this deseption that on first sight I could have sworn it was water.

Catherine Creek, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area - - - April 22, 2001

Guide:Cascade-Olympic Natural History by Daniel Mathews / Flora Northwest by Paul Slichter / Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar & MacKinnon