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Elmera racemosa (S. Watson) Rydb.
Elmera (Small Spike-rush; yellow coralbells)
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)

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SUBTAXA PRESENT IN BC
Elmera racemosa var. racemosa

Species Information

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General:
Perennial herb from slender, horizontal rhizomes; stems erect, 10-25 cm tall; plants abundantly hairy, glandular-hairy above.
Leaves:
Basal leaves kidney-shaped, 3-5 cm wide, wider than long, palmately slightly-lobed, with single- or double-toothed margins, long-stalked; stem leaves similar, usually 2 or 3, shorter-stalked; stipules large, membranous, brownish.
Flowers:
Inflorescence a 10- to 35-flowered, terminal raceme; bracts small, fringed, brownish; petals white, the short claw about equal to the 3- to 7-lobed blade; calyces greenish-yellow, cup-shaped, joined to ovary only at the base, the free hypanthium tubular, 3-4 mm long, lined with a thin glandular disk, calyx lobes 4, triangular-egg-shaped, erect to sometimes spreading; stamens 5, opposite to calyx lobes.
Fruits:
Capsules, egg-shaped, 4-5 mm long, the beaks about 0.5 mm long; seeds dark brown, about 0.6 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic rock crevices and cliffs in the subalpine and alpine zones; rare in SW BC; S to S WA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Climate

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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