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California Fetid Adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii)

California fetid adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii) is a beautiful california native wildflower which has a close association with redwoods. This intricate member of the lily family is mostly endemic to the northern California coast, but has also been found in southern Oregon near the border. In contrast to this flower's attractive appearance, its scent is less appealing — hence the description "fetid." Additional common names include Bigelow's adderstongue, slinkpod, brownies, or simply fetid adder's tongue.

California fetid adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii).  Portola Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0533
California fetid adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii), close-up of an individual wildflower in bloom. Portola Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.
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California fetid adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii).  Portola Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0532
California fetid adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii). Portola Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.
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California fetid adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii).  Portola Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0531
California fetid adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii), documentary view of multiple plants in different stages of growth. Portola Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz County, California, USA.
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