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Oreocarya thompsonii
Thompson's cat's eye

Distribution: Serpentine soils in the Wenatchee Mountains and adjacent Cascades of Washington

Habitat: Moderate to mid-elevations in the mountains

Flowers: May - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a stout taproot and branched crown, the several stems 1-3 dm. tall; herbage with bristles in blisters and somewhat close-woolly.


Basal leaves tufted, oblanceolate, short-petiolate, 4-7 cm. long and 5-10 mm. wide; cauline leaves becoming narrower and sessile, but still elongate in the inflorescence.


Inflorescence an elongate, narrow panicle, with short, bracteate spikes along the main stem; corolla white, 5-lobed, the tube about equaling the calyx, the limb 4-8 mm. wide.


Nutlets 4, lance-ovate, 4 mm. long, roughened on the back, smooth ventrally, attached to the style.

Accepted Name:
Oreocarya thompsonii (I.M. Johnst.) Abrams

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cryptantha thompsonii I.M. Johnst. [HC, HC2]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Oreocarya thompsonii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Oreocarya thompsonii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Oreocarya thompsonii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Oreocarya thompsonii photos.

USDA Plants: Oreocarya thompsonii information.

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