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Lewisia nevadensis
Nevada bitterroot
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Olympic and Cascade Mountains of Washington, south to California.

Habitat: Open, often gravelly, moist to mesic areas at moderate elevations in the mountains to above tree line.

Flowers: Late May - August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Succulent, scapose, perennial herb from a fleshy, carrot-like root 1.5-6 cm. long and up to 2 cm. thick, the several scapes 1-8 cm. long.

Leaves:

Leaves all basal, several to numerous, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, up to 15 cm. long.

Flowers:

Scapes 1-flowered, with 2 linear, opposite bracts about mid-length; sepals 2, ovate, 5-10 mm. long, entire, acute, green to red; petals about 7, white or greenish-white to lavender or deep pink, 6-17 mm. long, often glandular-hairy; stamens 4-12; style 1, with 3-6 elongate stigmas.

Fruits:

Capsule about equal to the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Lewisia nevadensis (A. Gray) B.L. Rob.
Publication: Syn. Fl. N. Amer. 1: 268. 1897. 1897.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Calandrinia nevadensis A. Gray
Claytonia grayana Kuntze
Lewisia bernardina Davidson
Lewisia pygmaea (A. Gray) B.L. Rob. var. nevadensis (A. Gray) Fosberg [HC]
Oreobroma nevadensis (A. Gray) Howell
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lewisia nevadensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lewisia nevadensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Lewisia nevadensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lewisia nevadensis photos.

USDA Plants: Lewisia nevadensis information.

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