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

Phemeranthus sediformis (Poelln.) Kiger
Okanogan fameflower (Okanogan talinum)
Montiaceae (Purslane family)
(Previously in Portulacaceae)

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Distribution of Phemeranthus sediformis
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a branched stem-base and a thick, branched taproot; forming mats up to 12 cm wide; stems ascending, numerous, branched, 1.5-3 mm thick, 5-10 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves linear, almost circular in cross section, 5-12 mm long, 1-2 mm wide, deciduous except for hardened midrib portions, bases remain as hardened bristles.
Inflorescence a minutely bracteate, spreading, flat-topped, terminal cluster of 3-9 flowers on stalks 2-5 cm long; petals usually 5, white, yellow or pink, 6-8 mm long, soon withering; sepals 2, 3 mm long; stamens 15-30.
Capsules, 2.8-3.2 mm long; seeds black, shiny, 0.8-1 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry, open rocky slopes, ridges and grasslands in the steppe and montane zones; rare in SC BC; S to N WA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Phemeranthus sediformis

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) 730 730 730
Slope Gradient (%) 10 10 10
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
172 171 172
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 1
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: BG(1)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Talinum sediforme Poellnitz

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