Page author: David Giblin
Pectiantia ovalis
coastal bishop's cap, coastal mitrewort
WTU specimens
Other herbaria
WTU images

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California.

Habitat: Deep, moist woods, creek bottoms and wet banks.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial, the leafless scapes 1.5-3 dm. tall, the lower part of the stems, the petioles and the leaves with coarse, brownish to whitish hairs, the upper part of the stem becoming glandular and puberulent.


Leaves basal, long-petiolate, the blades cordate-ovate to cordate-oblong, 1.5-3.5 cm. broad and half again as long, indistinctly 5- to 9-lobed and bi-dentate.


Inflorescence a 20- to 60-flowered raceme, blossoming upward; flowers greenish-yellow, on stout pedicels under 2 mm. long; calyx saucer-shaped, 2.5-3.5 mm. broad, the 5 lobes triangular, spreading, about equal to the tubular portion; petals 1.5 mm. long, pinnatifid into 4-7 linear, unpaired segments; stamens 5, opposite the calyx lobes.


Ovary nearly completely inferior, carpels 2.

Accepted Name:
Pectiantia ovalis (Greene) Rydb.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Mitella ovalis Greene [FNA8, HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Pectiantia ovalis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Pectiantia ovalis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Pectiantia ovalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Pectiantia ovalis photos.

USDA Plants: Pectiantia ovalis information.

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