E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Anemone lyallii Britton
Lyall's anemone (Little Mountain thimbleweed)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a horizontal, pale, scaly rhizome; stems slender, erect, 5-30 cm tall, minutely hairy to smooth.
Basal leaves 1 or absent, ascending, thin, palmately compound with 3 leaflets, the leaflets 1-3 (5) cm long, toothed on the upper 1/2 to 2/3, tips pointed, lateral leaflets often lobed, usually smooth; stalks 5-8 cm long.
Inflorescence a solitary, terminal flower; flower stalks smooth or minutely-hairy above; involucral bracts 3, leaf-like, stalked, similar to basal leaves; petals absent; sepals 5 (6-7), petal-like, white, pink, or sometimes blue-tinged, oblong, 3.5-8 (10) mm long, 1.5-3 mm wide, smooth; stamens 10-30 (35).
Achenes, several to many in a spheric head on stalks 1-3 cm long, the achenes elliptic, 3-4 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide, not winged, white fine-hairy; beaks awl-shaped, about 0.5 mm long, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows, thickets and forests in the lowland, montane and subalpine zones; infrequent in SW BC, disjunct in WC BC; S to N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Anemone lyallii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 12 431 1500
Slope Gradient (%) 0 12 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
20 229 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CDF(2), CWH(29), ICH(4), MH(2), MS(3), SBS(10)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Anemone nemorosa var. lyallii (Britton) Ulbr.
Anemone quinquefolia var. lyallii (Britton) B.L. Rob.

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