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

Diapensia lapponica L.
Diapensiaceae (Diapensia family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Diapensia lapponica ssp. obovata

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

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