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Quamasta quamash (Pursh) Coville Camas is a relative of the lilies and hyacinths. It grows in large quantities in open meadows or boggy fields. When in bloom in early spring a camas meadow appears at a distance like a blue lake. The bulbs were used extensively as food by the northwestern Indians. When boiled they resemble potatoes in flavor. If baked over hot stones enclosed in a covering of grass for thirty-six hours they have a delicious chestnut flavor. Father de Smet in his "Oregon Missions" terms the bulb "the queen root of this clime." This lovely camas ranges from Utah, Montana, and northern Cali- fornia to British Columbia. The sketch was made from plants growing at the east entrance to Glacier National Park, Montana.
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