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

Calyptridium umbellatum (A. Gray) Kartesz & Gandhi
Mount Hood pussypaws
Portulacaceae

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

General:
Perennial herb from a branched or simple, thickened stem-base and a taproot; stems ascending to erect, numerous, spreading and forming mats up to 15 cm wide.
Leaves:
Basal leaves forming rosettes, narrowly egg- to spoon-shaped on thick stalks, 1.5-5 cm long, smooth; stem leaves lacking.
Fruits:
Capsules, egg-shaped to oblong, flattened; seeds 5-11, black, shiny, 1 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry sandy sites and scree slopes from the montane to alpine zones; rare in SC BC, known only from Placer Mountain and Cathedral Provincial Park; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Cistanthe umbellata (Torr.) Hershkovitz

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