Synthyris missurica
mountain kittentails
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Columbia River Gorge, southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, east to Idaho and Montana and south to California

Habitat: Moist ground, foothills to mid-elevations in the mountains

Flowers: April - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from a short, stout rhizome, the stems 1-6 dm. tall, mostly glabrous.


Leaves all basal, long-petiolate, the blades sub-orbicular to reniform-cordate, 2.5-8 cm. wide and nearly as long, palmately veined, coarsely toothed, the teeth again with a few small teeth.


Inflorescence a terminal raceme; calyx of 4 sepals; corolla blue, 4-7 mm. long, bell-shaped, the 4 lobes much longer than the tube, entire, somewhat spreading, the upper lobe the largest; stamens 2; stigma capitate.


Capsule 5-7 mm. high and wide, shallowly notched.

Accepted Name:
Synthyris missurica (Raf.) Pennell

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. major – mountain kittentails
ssp. missurica – mountain kittentails
ssp. stellata – mountain kittentails
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Synthyris missurica in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Synthyris missurica checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Synthyris missurica atlas page.

CalPhotos: Synthyris missurica photos.

USDA Plants: Synthyris missurica information.

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