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Pedicularis lanata Cham. & Schltdl.
woolly lousewort
Orobanchaceae (Broom-rape family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Pedicularis lanata ssp. lanata

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a thick yellow taproot; stems usually single, erect, 5-30 cm tall, unbranched, densely long-hairy to white-woolly, especially in the inflorescence.
Basal leaves numerous, long-stalked, narrowly lanceolate, deeply pinnately lobed to pinnately compound, the lobes toothed to pinnately cleft; stem leaves alternate, short-stalked, rather numerous and not much smaller than the basal ones.
Inflorescence a dense, bracted, terminal spike of numerous flowers, the spike soon elongating, the bracts similar to the leaves but reduced upward, white-woolly; corollas pink to lavender, smooth, 15-20 (25) mm long, 2-lipped, the upper lip somewhat arched, hood-like, beakless and lacking teeth, the lower lip about as long as the upper, 3-lobed; calyces 4-5 mm long, long-woolly, 5-toothed, the teeth triangular, about 1 mm long; stamens 4, the filaments long-hairy.
Capsules, egg-shaped, pointy-tipped, 8-13 mm long; seeds several, with a loose, ashy-grey, honeycombed seed-coat.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry rocky slopes and ridges and grassy tundra in the alpine zone; infrequent in BC north of 54degreeN; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT and E to AB, disjunct to N PQ; Greenland, Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Pedicularis lanata

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 6 1584 2525
Slope Gradient (%) 0 17 235
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 279 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(4), BAFA(88), BWBS(7), ESSF(18), IMA(5), SWB(13)


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.

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