Annual herb from a slender, branched taproot; stems prostrate to erect, several, branched, 15-20 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, lance- to diamond-shaped or rounded, 1-2.5 cm long, nearly as wide, narrowing to a stalk 2 to 4 times as long; stem leaves narrowly diamond-shaped, alternate, lower ones up to 5 cm long, including the stalk, long-stalked below, short-stalked above.
Inflorescence of axillary or terminal panicles with several flowers, the lower 1 or 2 often from the axil of the leafy bract; petals 5, white or pale pink, 3-4 mm long; sepals 2, unequal, egg-shaped, 2-3 mm long; stamens 5.
Capsules, egg-shaped, 2.4-3.2 mm long, pointed; seeds usually 2-3, black, finely pimpled, 1.2-1.5 mm long, appendage protruding.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Claytonia diffusa Nutt.
Limnalsine diffusa (Nutt.) Rydb.