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Tolmiea menziesii
piggyback-plant
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

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

Habitat: Moist woods and stream banks, low lands and low elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Herbaceous perennial from well-developed rhizomes, the flowering stems up to 8 dm. tall, covered with short, stiff hairs.

Leaves:

Leaves long-petiolate, palmately veined, the blades up to 10 cm. broad and nearly as long, 5- to 7-lobed, the lobes with irregular, rounded teeth, reduced upwards; stipules well-developed, membranous.

Flowers:

Inflorescence a loose, many-flowered raceme, 1-3 dm. long; calyx tubular, greenish-purple to dark brown, irregular, with 3 long and 2 short lobes, and cleft nearly to the base between the short lobes; petals 4, linear, chocolate brown, 6-10 mm. long; stamens 3, unequal.

Fruits:

Ovary superior; capsule slender, 9-14 mm. long; carpels 2, equal.

Accepted Name:
Tolmiea menziesii (Pursh) Torr. & A. Gray
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1: 582. 1840. 1840.

Synonyms:
Tiarella menziesii Pursh
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Tolmiea menziesii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Tolmiea menziesii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Tolmiea menziesii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Tolmiea menziesii photos.

USDA Plants: Tolmiea menziesii information.

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