Lewisia columbiana var. wallowensis (Howell ex A. Gray) B.L. Rob.
Montiaceae (Purslane family)
(Previously in Portulacaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Lewisia columbiana var. wallowensis
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a large, branched, fleshy root and simple stem-base; stems erect, several, branched, 10-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves numerous, linear-oblanceolate to narrowly spoon-shaped, 2-10 cm long, 3-8 mm wide; stem leaves alternate, bractlike, entire to gland-toothed, 2-3 cm long, reduced above.
Inflorescence an open, branched, panicle with many flowers on stalks 1-2 cm long; floral bracts glandular-toothed, petals 7-9 (rarely 11), white with pink veins to rose, egg-shaped, 5-13 mm long; sepals 2, glandular-toothed; stamens 5-6.
Capsules, egg-shaped; seeds usually 3 (1-5), deep brown-red to black, shiny, 1.5-2 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry gravelly or rocky slopes and rock outcrops from the montane to alpine zones; infrequent on S Vancouver Island and the Cascade Mountains; S to OR.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia