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Elmera racemosa

Distribution: In the Olympic and Cascade Mountains of Washington; Washington south to Oregon.

Habitat: Rock crevices and rocky ridges and slopes, mid- to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from slender rhizomes, the erect flowering stems 1-2.5 dm. tall.


Basal leaves with reniform blades 3-5 cm. broad, much wider than long, with large membranous, brownish stipules; leaf blades shallowly lobed, the lobes with rounded teeth, strongly pubescent, glandular above; cauline leaves 2-3, small.


Inflorescence a terminal raceme; calyx cup-shaped, greenish-yellow, the tubular portion 3-4 mm. long, the 5 lobes the same length, triangular-oblong, erect; petals 5, white, with a short claw about equaling the 3-7 cleft blade; stamens 5.


Ovoid capsule 4-5 mm. long, the 2 carpels fused less than + their length.

Accepted Name:
Elmera racemosa (S. Watson) Rydb.
Publication: N. Amer. Fl. 22: 97. 1905. 1905.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Heuchera racemosa S. Watson
var. puberulenta – fuzzy elmera
var. racemosa – common elmera
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Elmera racemosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Elmera racemosa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Elmera racemosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Elmera racemosa photos.

USDA Plants: Elmera racemosa information.

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