Indicator Plants

Streptopus amplexifolius – clasping twisted stalk

Common Name

clasping twisted stalk



Scientific Name

Streptopus amplexifolius

Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
  • Medium (M)
  • Wet (W)
Soil Nutrient Regime (SNR)
  • Rich (R)

Botanical Drawing

Hitchcock, C. Leo, and Arthur Cronquist. Flora of the Pacific Northwest: An Illustrated Manual © 1973. Reprinted with permission of the University of Washington Press.

General / Habitat
  • Perennial Herb
  • Common in moist forest, avalanche tracks, and streambanks
  • Low to subalpine elevations
Key Identifying Characteristics
  • Form: 0.5-1 m tall, sometimes taller, branched, sometimes zig-zagging at leaf nodes
  • Leaves: Oval, 5-14 cm long, clasping at base, hairless beneath, margins sometimes having irregular spacing of teeth
  • Flowers: Greenish white, bell-shaped, hang individually or in twos from kinked stalk in leaf axil
  • Fruit: Yellowish red to purple oblong berries
Interesting Characteristics
  • Young shoots and roots eaten by some coastal peoples for medicinal purposes, but berries were generally considered to be poisonous

Douglas, G.W. et al (Editors). 1998-2002. Illustrated Flora of British Columbia, Volumes 1 to 8. B.C. Min. Environ., Lands and Parks, and B.C. Min. For., Victoria, B.C.

Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon. 2014. Plants of Coastal British Columbia Including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. B.C. Ministry of Forestry and Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver, B.C.



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