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Montia bostockii (A.E. Porsild) S.L. Welsh
Bostock's montia (Bostock's minerslettuce)
Montiaceae (Purslane family)
(Previously in Portulacaceae)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from slender rhizomes and stolons; stems erect, solitary, simple from the nodes of the rhizomes, 6-12 cm tall.
Basal leaves linear-oblanceolate, 1-3 cm long, 1-3 mm wide, not sheathing; stem leaves 2-3, linear or narrowly spoon-shaped, alternate, 1-3 cm long, 1-3 mm wide.
Inflorescence of terminal, round-topped clusters with 2-6 flowers on stalks 5-25 mm long, erect in flower but nodding in bud; floral bract solitary at the base of the lowest stalk; petals 5, white with pink veins, 10-12 mm long; sepals 2, 3.5-6 mm long; stamens 5.
Capsules 3-valved; seeds black.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows in the subalpine and alpine zones; rare in NW BC, known only from the Haines Rd.; N to E AK and SW YT.

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

Claytonia bostockii A.E. Porsild
Montiastrum bostockii (A.E. Porsild) O. Nilss.

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