Page author: David Giblin
Synthyris rubra
red coraldrops
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to Oregon, east to Idaho and Montana.

Habitat: Open slopes and dry meadows in the foothills and lowlands.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herbs from short crowns, 2-6 dm. tall, puberulent throughout when young.


Basal leaf blades elliptic-ovate to sub-rotund, with coarse, rounded teeth, often double toothed, the blade and petiole each 4-12 cm. long; cauline leaves short-petiolate, alternate, smaller.


Flowers in a terminal spike, elongating in fruit; calyx unequally 4-lobed, surrounding the ovary; corolla wanting; stamens 2, the filaments 4-6 mm. long, dark red; stigma capitate; ovary superior.


Capsule 5-6 mm. high and broad.

Accepted Name:
Synthyris rubra (Douglas ex Hook.) Benth.
Publication: Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 10: 454. 1846.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Besseya rubra (Douglas ex Hook.) Rydb. [HC]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Synthyris rubra checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Synthyris rubra atlas page.

CalPhotos: Synthyris rubra photos.

USDA Plants: Synthyris rubra information.

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