Estuary Rice Roots

Northern Rice-Root or Fritillaria camschatcensis is a small lily that grows in the coastal estuaries of northwest BC. The plant is nutritionally similar to the potato, which displaced traditional root vegetables in Aboriginal diets after being introduced by European settlers. Grizzly bears find them tasty and will dig them where possible.  The small rice kernels that make up the bulb will scatter when dug up by the bears then spread to another site where another plant will grow.  We will see the Rice Root on our Coastal Estuary Day of the Jet Boat Photography Tour and see the evidence of dug up roots by the local grizzly bears.

Rice Root Flower
Our guide holding the rice root
Close up of the rice root bulb