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

Diapensia lapponica subsp. obovata L. (F. Schmidt) Hulten
Diapensiaceae (Diapensia family)

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Distribution of Diapensia lapponica subsp. obovata
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Species Information

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Dwarf evergreen shrub; stems prostrate, much branched, matted, 5-10 cm long.
Alternate, crowded, overlapping, spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, hairy to glabrous, entire, 5-12 mm long.
Inflorescence of solitary, terminal, bell-shaped flowers; corollas white to cream, 9-12 mm long, 5-lobed; sepals 5, oblong to spoon-shaped, 4-7 mm long, becoming woody and enclosing the fruit at maturity.
Capsules, egg-shaped, 3-valved, 4-6 mm long; seeds numerous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic meadows and rocky slopes in the alpine zone; rare in NW BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and W NT, disjunct in E North America; NE Asia.

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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