- any of several plants belonging to the genus Brodiaea, of the amaryllis family, native to western North America, having grasslike basal leaves and clusters of usually purplish flowers.
Origin of brodiaea
< New Latin (1810), named after James Brodie (1744–1824), Scottish botanist; see -aea
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There are four kinds of Bloomeria, all Californian, resembling Brodiaea, but the stamens unlike.
There are several kinds of Muilla, much like Brodiaea and very much like Allium, but with no onion taste or smell.
There are many kinds of Brodiaea, among the prettiest western flowers.
Kroeber thinks that the description indicates the wild onion (Brodiaea), called putcu in Coast Miwok, and this is not improbable.Francis Drake and the California Indians, 1579
Robert F. Heizer