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

Meconella oregana Nutt.
white meconella (white fairypoppy)
Papaveraceae (Fumitory family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a slender taproot; stems ascending to erect, solitary, few-branched, smooth, blue-green, 2-10 cm tall.
Basal leaves spoon-shaped, simple, 3-18 mm long including the 1-10 mm stalk, entire, blue-green; stem leaves opposite, lanceolate to linear, unstalked, 5-9 mm long.
Inflorescence of solitary flowers on slender, erect, axillary or terminal stalks 2-4 cm long; petals usually 6, white, 2.5-4 mm long; sepals usually 3.
Capsules, linear, 10-22 mm long, slightly contorted.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Vernally moist rocky or grassy slopes in the lowland zone; rare on SE Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Meconella oregana var. denticulata (Greene) Jeps.

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