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

Nephrophyllidium crista-galli (Menzies ex Hook.) Gilg
Menyanthaceae (Buckbean family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a thick rhizome, this covered with old leaf bases; stems erect, glabrous, 10-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves alternate, broadly heart- to kidney-shaped, 3-12 cm wide, blunt-toothed, stalked, the stalks 10-30 cm long; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence of 5-30 flowers in an open, terminal cluster on naked stalks 10-50 cm long; corollas white, the petals joined at the base to form short tubes spreading into 5 lobes, these 5-6 mm long with wavy flanges on the midnerves and margins; calyces conic, 5-lobed.
Capsules, conic to egg-shaped, 10-18 mm long, 1-chambered; seeds glabrous, shiny.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Bogs, marshes, wet forests, and wet meadows in the lowland to subalpine zones; common in coastal BC; amphiberingian, N to AK and S to N WA; Japan.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Nephrophyllidium crista-galli

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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 6 491 1540
Slope Gradient (%) 0 18 100
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 319 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 5 8
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(2), BAFA(1), BWBS(1), CMA(9), CWH(248), MH(161)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Fauria crista-galli (Menzies ex Hook.) Makino

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