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

Eriogonum ovalifolium var. purpureum Nutt.
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Eriogonum ovalifolium var. purpureum
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a short, branched stem-base, forming mats up to 40 cm wide; stems erect, simple, several, 1-10 cm tall, white-woolly.
Basal leaves roundish, densely white-hairy to silvery on both surfaces, 5-15 mm long, including the stalks; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence a head-like cluster of involucres, 1-3.5 cm wide, subtended by 3 or more linear-lanceolate bracts; involucres bell-shaped, 2.5-5 mm long with 5 short teeth; perianths cream or creamy yellow, often pinkish- or purplish-tinged (at least with age) to yellow, (2.5) 3-4 (5) mm long, the outer segments wider than the inner ones; flowers commonly imperfect.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry meadows and rocky slopes from the montane to the alpine zones; locally frequent in SC and SE BC; E to AB and S to NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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