Sand corn, also written sand-corn, is often referred to by its other common name: foothill deathcamas (also written: foothill death camas). This name indicates the poisonous character of the plant, which becomes relevant, when sand corns are growing on rangeland: intoxication of livestock may result from their alkaloid components such as zygacine .
Another synonym, panicled death camas , makes a reference to the often bending or nodding panicle with sometimes over fifty flowers (see Thomas Creek plant)—each having six small tepals with yellow-green splotch at base and showy, yellow anthers .
Keywords: botany, taxonomy, nomenclature, scientific name.
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 USDA Plants Profile: Zigadenus paniculatus (Nutt.) S. Watson [plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ZIPA2].
 Kew Royal Botanic Garden: Toxicoscordion paniculatum (Nutt.) Rydb., Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 30: 272 (1903) [apps.kew.org/wcsp/namedetail.do?name_id=289937].
 K. D. Welch et al.: The acute toxocity of the death camas (Zigadenus species) alkaloid zygacine in mice, including the effect of methyllycaconitine coadministration on zygacine toxity. J. Anim. Sci. 2011, 89 (5), pp. 1650-1657.
 Calflora Taxon Report 8367: Zigadenus paniculatus [www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-taxon=Zigadenus+paniculatus].
 Laird R. Blackwell: Tahoe Wildflowers. Morris Book Publishing, LLC, Guilford, Connecticut, 2007; page 37.