General: Perennial herb from a fibrous root, tufted, somewhat mat-forming, with short stolons; stems ascending to erect, somewhat curved or S-shaped, 10-20 cm tall, green or reddish-tinged, sparsely short stiff-hairy in decurrent lines below, with some glandular hairs above, often with basal offshoots.
Leaves: Opposite, narrowly elliptic to oblong or oblanceolate, 0.8-2.5 cm long, 2-9 mm wide, rounded at tips, entire to finely few-toothed, dark green or reddish-tinged, basal glabrous, upper sparsely short stiff-hairy on midrib and leaf margins; stalks obscure, 1-6 mm long.
Flowers: Inflorescence a few-flowered, terminal raceme, often nodding; hypanthium 0.6-1.4 mm long; petals 2.5-6.5 (9) mm long, pink to rose-purple, rarely white, notched at tip; sepals 1.5-5 mm long, glabrous or sparsely glandular; anthers 0.3-0.6 mm long; ovaries 0.6-2 cm long, glabrous; styles 1.2-2.5 mm long; stigmas broadly club-shaped, rarely somewhat head-like.
Fruits: Capsules, 1.7-3.6 cm long, about 1 mm wide, curved, nearly glabrous, red when ripe; seeds narrowly egg-shaped, 0.7-1.4 mm long, surface mostly net-veined, tuft of soft hairs persistent, 1.5-4 mm long, dull white.
Mesic to wet mossy or rocky slopes, streambanks, gravel bars, seepage areas and open meadows in all vegetation zones; rare at low elevations, common at higher elevations throughout BC, especially northward; circumboreal, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF, S to CA, CO and ME; Eurasia.
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Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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