Hydrophyllum fendleri var. albifrons (A. Gray) A. Heller (A. Heller) J.F. Macbr.
Fendler's waterleaf (white waterleaf)
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf family)

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© Ian Cumming     (Photo ID #4932)


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Distribution of Hydrophyllum fendleri var. albifrons
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Species Information

Perennial from a short, stout rhizome with thickened fibrous roots; stems ascending to erect, solitary, reflexed-hairy, 20-80 cm tall.
Mostly basal, 6-30 cm long, 4-15 cm wide, long-stalked, appressed-hairy above, soft-hairy below, pinnatifid with 7-15 hairy, toothed, pointed leaflets.
Inflorescence of compact, branched, long-stalked clusters of funnel-shaped flowers; flower stalks 2-7 mm long; corollas white, or sometimes, lavender or purplish, 6-10 mm long, stalked, 5-lobed, the lobes 4-5 mm long; styles and stamens protruding beyond the corolla; calyces long-hairy on the margins, short-hairy on the backs, the lobes linear.
Capsules, globose; seeds 1-3.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Moist to mesic meadows and forest openings in the montane to subalpine zones; infrequent in the Coast-Cascade Mountains of SW BC; S to ID, WY, UT, NM and N CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Hydrophyllum congestum Wieg.