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

Lewisia rediviva var. rediviva Pursh
Montiaceae (Purslane family)
(Previously in Portulacaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Lewisia rediviva var. rediviva
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a thick branched taproot and a short, simple or branched stem-base; stems spreading to erect, few, simple, 1-3 cm tall.
Basal leaves numerous, 1.5-5 cm long, linear to club-shaped, round in cross section, with a wide, transparent base, beginning to wither and dry by flowering time; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of solitary flowers on stalks 0.5-1.5 cm long; floral bracts 5-6, whorled, linear, 0.5-1 cm long, chaffy; petals 12-18, white to deep pink, narrowly oblong, 1.8-3.5 cm long; sepals (4) 5-9, unequal, 10-25 mm long, stamens 30-50.
Capsules; seeds 6-20, rounded, dark brown, shiny, 2 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grasslands, shrublands and open forests in the steppe and lower montane zones; locally frequent in SC BC, rare in SE BC; S to MT, CO, AZ and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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