E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Montia linearis (Douglas ex Hook.) Greene
narrow-leaved montia (narrowleaf minerslettuce)
Montiaceae (Purslane family)
(Previously in Portulacaceae)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems ascending to erect, usually solitary but sometimes several, branched or unbranched, 5-20 cm tall.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves several, linear, alternate, 1-5 cm long, 1-3 mm wide.
Inflorescence of loose terminal or axillary racemes 2-5 cm long with 5-12 flowers on slightly recurved stalks 5-20 mm long; petals 5, white, 4-6.5 mm long; sepals 2, 3-4 mm long but up to 6 mm long in fruit; stamens 3.
Capsules, 3-valved; seeds black, shiny, lens-shaped, 1.4-2.5 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry fields, grasslands and rocky slopes in the lowland, steppe and lower montane zones; frequent in S BC, rare northward to 55degreeN; E to SW SK and S to MT, UT and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Montia linearis

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 137 782 1950
Slope Gradient (%) 0 27 75
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 305 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(5), CDF(1), ESSF(1), ICH(1), IDF(6), PP(16)


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 linearis Douglas ex Hook.
Montiastrum lineare (Douglas ex Hook.) Rydb.

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