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Montia parvifolia
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Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Montana and Idaho.

Habitat: Somewhat moist, open, often rocky, slopes and outcroppings, sea level to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Succulent perennial, often bulbiferous, the 1-several flowering stems ascending or erect, 1-2 dm. tall, sometimes with bulblets in the leaf axils; there may also be 1-several vegetative, lax stems up to 4 dm. long spreading from the crown, these sometimes branched.


Basal leaves several, the blades obovate to oblanceolate, 1.5-3 cm. long, with petioles equal to the blades; cauline leaves alternate, several, similar to and much smaller than the basal.


Flowers 3-8 in bracteate racemes; sepals 2, 2-3 mm. long, unequal; petals 5, light to deep pink or white with pink veins, 7-15 mm. long; stamens 5; style 1, stigmas 3.


Capsule equal to the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Montia parvifolia (Moc. ex DC.) Greene
Publication: Fl. Francisc. 181. 1891. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Claytonia parvifolia DC.
Montia parvifolia (Moc. ex DC.) Greene ssp. flagellaris (Bong.) Ferris [KZ99]
Montia parvifolia (Moc. ex DC.) Greene ssp. parvifolia [KZ99]
Montia parvifolia (Moc. ex DC.) Greene var. flagellaris (Bong.) C.L. Hitchc. [HC]
Montia parvifolia (MoƧ. ex DC.) Greene var. parvifolia [HC]
Naiocrene parvifolia (DC.) Rydb.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Montia parvifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Montia parvifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Montia parvifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Montia parvifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Montia parvifolia information.

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