Luetkea pectinata (Pursh) Kuntze
partridge-foot (partridgefoot)
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Bryan Kelly-McArthur     (Photo ID #75016)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Luetkea pectinata
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Species Information

Prostrate, mat-forming, semi-shrub from a rhizome and branching stolons; flowering stems erect to ascending, 5-20 cm tall, smooth or sparsely soft-hairy in grooves along the stem.
Evergreen, smooth, dead leaves withering and persistent for many years; basal leaves numerous, crowded in thick tufts, 7-20 mm long, the narrowly wing-margined stalk about as long as the fan-shaped blade, which is two- to three-times 3-dissected, the ultimate segments linear-lanceolate, sharp-pointed, ribbed below, grooved above; stem leaves alternate, similar but smaller.
Inflorescences dense, narrow, bracted, erect, terminal clusters, 1-7 cm long, of several to many short-stalked flowers; corollas white, saucer-shaped, the petals 5, egg- to spoon-shaped, 3-4 mm long; calyces 5-lobed, the lobes triangular, about 2 mm long; ovaries superior; stamens about 20.
Follicles, 4-5 mm long, short-stalked, somewhat leathery, smooth or sparsely silky-hairy along the ventral suture; seeds 4, spindle-shaped.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Luetkea pectinata

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)
1711 15 2500
Slope Gradient (%)
27 0 120

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

208 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(53), BAFA(79), CMA(78), CWH(31), ESSF(823), ICH(1), IMA(51), MH(225), SBS(2), SWB(13)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to wet forest openings, meadows, heathlands, scree slopes, mossy seepage areas and snowbed tundra in the subalpine to alpine zones; common throughout BC, except NE; N to AK, YT and NT, E to W AB and S to ID, MT and N CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Saxifraga pectinata Pursh, non Schott, Nyman & Kotschy