General: Annual to biennial herb from a taproot; stems decumbent to erect, much-branched, spreading-hairy, often glandular above, 5-60 cm tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves few, reduced and soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, triangular to rounded in outline, 2-7 cm wide, palmately divided into 5 segments, these cleft or toothed 1/2 their length, hairy.
Flowers: Inflorescence of 2 flowers per stalk, the stalk axillary or terminal and 1.5 to 3 times the length of the sepals; petals pink, 4-8 mm long, notched at the tip; sepals equal to the petals, bristle-tipped, the tips 1-2 mm long; stamens 10, fertile, not fused.
Fruits: Carpels, hairy, not wrinkled; styles 1.6-1.9 cm long, the beak 4-5 mm long; seeds oblong, net-veined and pitted.
Moist to mesic forest openings, recent burns and seepage areas in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent in BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, common on SE Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, infrequent in the lower Fraser Valley, absent elsewhere on the coast; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to IO, IN, CO, UT and N CA.
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Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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