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Pectiantia breweri
feathery bishop's-cap, Brewer's mitrewort

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Alberta, Montana, Idaho, and Nevada.

Habitat: Moist mountain valleys and open to wooded slopes, from middle elevations to the subalpine.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Slender herbaceous perennial from rhizomes, the leafless flowering stems 1.5-3 dm. tall.


Leaves all basal, long-petiolate, the blades reniform to cordate, 4-8 cm. broad, shorter than broad, glabrous to sparsely short-hairy, very shallowly and indistinctly 7- to 11-lobed and toothed.


Inflorescence an elongate raceme, strongly glandular-pubescent, 20-60 flowered; calyx saucer-shaped, 3-3.5 mm. broad, the 5 lobes triangular, about the same length as the tubular portion; petals green, 1.5-2 mm. long, pinnately divided into 5-9 filiform, often paired segments; stamens 5, opposite the calyx lobes.


Ovary almost completely inferior; carpels 2.

Accepted Name:
Pectiantia breweri (A. Gray) Rydb.
Publication: N. Amer. Fl. 22: 93. 1905.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Mitella breweri A. Gray [FNA8, HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Pectiantia breweri in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Pectiantia breweri checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Pectiantia breweri atlas page.

CalPhotos: Pectiantia breweri photos.

USDA Plants: Pectiantia breweri information.

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