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

Botrychium montanum W.H. Wagner
mountain moonwort
Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-tongue family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Deciduous perennial, 2-10 cm tall.
1-pinnate, 1.5-4.5 times length of trophophores.
Diamond-shaped to oblong, short stalked; blades oblong, 1-pinnate or merely lobed, up to 5 cm long, succulent; pinnae or lobes up to 3 pairs, separated, linear or fan-shaped, basal ones narrowly fan-shaped with 2-3 teeth.
This is a recently described species. Its taxonomy and distribution need further study.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic, shady coniferous forests in the upper montane and lower subalpine zones; rare in SC BC (Wells Grey Park); S to MT, ID and 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.

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