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Suksdorfia violacea
violet mock brookfoam

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon, east to Alberta, Montana and Idaho.

Habitat: Vernally moist mossy banks and rock crevices.

Flowers: March-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from a short rhizome, the simple, single stem 1-2 dm. tall, glandular-pubescent throughout.


Basal leaves 1-3, slender-petiolate, the blade 1.5-2.4 cm. wide and considerably shorter, with rounded lobes; cauline leaves 3-5, the petioles reduced but the stipules enlarged upward.


Inflorescence a few-flowered, few-branched panicle; calyx narrowly bell-shaped, the 5 lobes linear-lanceolate, nearly erect; petals 5, sub-erect, violet, slightly unequal, one often bi-lobed, spatulate to oblanceolate, tapered to a short, broad claw; stamens 5.


Ovary nearly completely inferior; capsule 4-6 mm. long; carpels 2.

Accepted Name:
Suksdorfia violacea A. Gray
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 15: 42. 1879. 1879.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Suksdorfia violacea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Suksdorfia violacea checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Suksdorfia violacea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Suksdorfia violacea photos.

USDA Plants: Suksdorfia violacea information.

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