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

Botrychium minganense Victorin
Mingan moonwort
Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-tongue family)

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Species Information

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Deciduous perennial, 3-10 cm tall.
1- to 2-pinnate, 1-2.5 times length of trophophores.
Narrowly oblong, unstalked or short stalked, 1-pinnate, up to 12 cm long; pinnae up to 10 pairs, well separated, semicircular to fan-shaped, entire or slightly toothed with rounded tips.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to wet woods, meadows, in the montane to alpine zones; infrequent in BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to NY, MI, WI, MN, ND, CO, AZ and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Botrychium minganense

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) 1450 1562 1675
Slope Gradient (%) 45 61 78
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
121 156 192
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 5 6
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: ESSF(1), SWB(1)


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

Botrychium lunaria subsp. minganense (Victorin) Calder & Roy L. Taylor
Botrychium lunaria var. minganense (Victorin) Dole

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