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Montia howellii S. Watson
Howell's montia (Howell's minerslettuce)
Montiaceae (Purslane family)
(Previously in Portulacaceae)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems decumbent to erect, several, freely branching but tending to root at the nodes, 2-6 cm long.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves several, linear to more or less oblanceolate, alternate, 5-25 mm long, 0.5-1.5 mm wide.
Inflorescence of axillary clusters of 3-5 flowers from the axils of small membranous bracts opposite the leaves (the bracts often joined with the leaf base resembling a sheathing stipule), on recurved stalks 1-5 mm long; petals 2-5 (or lacking), white, 0.4-0.7 mm long; sepals 2, widely egg-shaped, 0.8-1.5 mm long; stamens 2 or 3.
Capsules, 3-valved; seeds 2-3, black, shiny, lens-shaped, 0.7-0.9 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist vernal pools and seepage sites in the lowland zone; infrequent on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and lower Fraser River delta; S to NW CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Claytonia howellii (S. Watson) Piper
Maxia howellii (S. Watson) O. Nilss.

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