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Montia linearis
lineleaf Indian lettuce, narrow-leafed montia

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout much of Washington; British Columbia south to Calfornia, east to the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the U.S.

Habitat: Moist to dry, usually sandy soil, low to moderate elevations.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Low, succulent annual, the stems ascending to erect, 5-20 cm. tall, several or sometimes single, branched or unbranched.


Leaves alternate, linear, 1.5-5 cm. long and 1-3 mm. wide.


Inflorescence of 5- to 12-flowered, loose, terminal or axillary, racemes 2-5 cm. long, often one-sided; pedicels 5-20 mm. long, usually recurved; sepals 2, 3-4 mm. long; petals 5, white, about equal to the sepals; stamens 3; style 1, stigmas 3, elongate.


Capsule about equaling the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Montia linearis (Douglas) Greene
Publication: Fl. Francisc. 181. 1891. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Clatyonia linearis Douglas ex Hook.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Montia linearis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Montia linearis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Montia linearis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Montia linearis photos.

USDA Plants: Montia linearis information.

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