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Hackelia venusta
lesser showy stickseed

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington, where endemic to Chelan County.

Habitat: Rocky slopes with ponderosa pine, at about 1000 feet elevation.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Endangered in Washington (WANHP)


Perennial from a taproot, the stems numerous, 2-4 dm. tall; herbage bristly.


Leaves chiefly cauline, rather numerous, not much reduced upward, 2-5 cm. long and 3-11 mm. wide; lower leaves petiolate, oblanceolate, the others linear-oblong to lanceolate and sessile.


Inflorescence open and terminal, the flowers with long pedicels; calyx cleft to the base; corolla showy, white, 5-lobed, the limb 13-20 mm. wide; appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube covered with blunt projections; stamens not exerted; style shorter than the nutlets.


Nutlets 4, attached to the base of the style, with marginal prickles united nearly their length into a border; intramarginal prickles about 15, somewhat smaller than the others.

Accepted Name:
Hackelia venusta (Piper) H. St. John
Publication: Research Studies of the State College of Washington 1(2): 104. 1929.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hackelia venusta in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hackelia venusta checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hackelia venusta atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hackelia venusta photos.

USDA Plants: Hackelia venusta information.

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