Page author: David Giblin
Synthyris reniformis
round-leaved kittentails, snow queen
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to California.

Habitat: Coniferous woods, less commonly in open areas, at low elevations.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from a short rhizome or woody base, with several curved, scapose peduncles from the base less than 1.5 dm. long.


Leaves all basal, long-petiolate, the blades reniform-cordate to ovate-cordate, palmately veined, 2-8 cm. long and wide, sparsely hairy above and often glabrous beneath, with shallow lobes, the lobes again toothed.


Flowers few in a short raceme, terminal on the naked, weak peduncles; calyx of 4 sepals; corolla light blue, bell-shaped, the 4 lobes a little shorter than the tube, the upper lobe the largest; stamens 2; stigmas capitate.


Capsule 2-4 mm. high and 6-8 mm. wide, with long hairs on the margins.

Accepted Name:
Synthyris reniformis (Douglas ex Benth.) Benth.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Synthyris reniformis (Douglas ex Benth.) Benth. var. reniformis
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Synthyris reniformis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Synthyris reniformis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Synthyris reniformis photos.

USDA Plants: Synthyris reniformis information.

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