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

Botrychium spathulatum W.H. Wagner
spoon-shaped moonwort (spathulate botrychium)
Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-tongue family)

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Species Information

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Deciduous perennial, 1-10 cm tall.
1- to 2-pinnate, 1.2-2 times length of trophophores.
Oblong to lanceolate, unstalked, 1-pinnate, up to 8 cm long; pinnae to 8 pairs, well separated, narrowly spoon-shaped or spoon-shaped.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic sand dunes, old fields and grassy railroad sidings in the montane zone; rare in SE BC, known only from Kootenay National Park; N to AK, YT and NT, E to AB and S to MT, disjunct E to ON, PQ, NS and to MI and WI.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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.

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