I found a butt load of these. What are they? I was hiking up a mountain looking at waterfalls on a neighbor's property and found these interesting plants about 1.5 hours up the mountain. I was so excited, I went back (nothing scarier than sliding down a steep slope in the middle of no where), got my camera, and hiked back. I asked permission to take some and she didn't know what they were or care. The roots look a lot like C. acaule roots, although the stem is MUCH more robust. The leaves look similar but are more plicate, glabrous, and convex. The plants also have multiple leaves per plant. There was no evidence of any past, present, or future flower stalks. It was growing in an environment identical to the environment our C. acaule grow in, including the media, and there were two lone C. acaule plants in this area. Only two. This area was very large and there were hundreds of plants. If you can tell me what they are and when they'd flower, I'd appreciate it. If they are orchids or lilies or something, imagine the show! But if they're weeds, it's not worth hiking up a 70 degree mountain, putting up with Smilax and poison oak and ivy, twisting my leg and sliding down on my butt again.
Someone told me they think it may be a Clintonia. Bummer. Maybe not!
I would have never seen them had I not noticed a seedling with two leaves, which I though was a ramp.