Page author: David Giblin
Cassiope tetragona
four-angled moss-heather
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Alaska to Washington, also in Montana

Habitat: Open, rocky areas in the alpine and subalpine

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Low, spreading shrubs, the flowering stems 5-30 cm. tall, the branches puberulent.

Leaves:

Leaves opposite, concealing the stems, 4-ranked, 3-5 mm. long, rather thick, sessile, lanceolate; leaves with prominent dorsal grooves, conspicuously puberulent.

Flowers:

Flowers few, sub-terminal, 4-7 mm. long; pedicels 10-25 mm. long; sepals 5, nearly distinct, reddish, ovate, entire; corolla white, bell-shaped, the 5 lobes ovate, about as long as the tube; stamens 10, included; anthers globose, with recurved awns from the back, opening by false terminal pores; ovary superior.

Fruits:

Fruit a 5-celled, globose capsule.

Accepted Name:
Cassiope tetragona (L.) D. Don
Publication: Edinburgh New Philos. J. 17: 158. 1834.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Infraspecies:
ssp. saximontana – four-angled moss-heather
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cassiope tetragona in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cassiope tetragona checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cassiope tetragona atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cassiope tetragona photos.

USDA Plants: Cassiope tetragona information.

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