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Synthyris schizantha
fringe-petal kitten's-tail
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: In the Olympics and Cascades foothills of western Washington; Washington south to northwest Oregon.

Habitat: Uncommon on moist ground at mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)


Herbaceous perennial from a short, stout rhizome, the scape 1-3 dm. tall, villous-puberulent, as are the petioles.


Leaves all basal, long-petiolate, the blades reniform-cordate to cordate-rotund, 4-12 cm. wide and long, palmately veined, with shallow lobes, the sinuses 5-15 mm. deep, the lobes again few-toothed.


Inflorescence a terminal raceme; calyx of 4 sepals; corolla blue, 4-6 mm. long, the lobes spreading, much longer than the tube, deeply and irregularly laciniate; stamens 2; stigma capitate.


Capsule 3 mm. high and 6 mm. wide, notched.

Accepted Name:
Synthyris schizantha Piper

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Synthyris schizantha checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Synthyris schizantha atlas page.

CalPhotos: Synthyris schizantha photos.

USDA Plants: Synthyris schizantha information.

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