Montia dichotoma

(Nuttall) Howell
Erythea 1: 36. 1893.
Common names: Dwarf montia
Basionym: Claytonia dichotoma Nuttall in J. Torrey and A. Gray, Fl. N. Amer. 1: 202. 1838
Synonyms: Montiastrum dichotomum (Nuttall) Rydberg
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 487. Mentioned on page 486.

Plants annual, not rhizomatous, stoloniferous, or bulbiferous. Stems erect, branched, 1–10 cm. Leaves alternate, erect, not distinctly petiolate, with clasping leaf sheaths; blade linear, 5–50 × 0.5–2 mm. Inflorescences terminal, 1-bracteate; bract linear to oblanceolate, 1–6 mm. Flowers 4–12; sepals 1.5–2.5 mm; petals 5, white, 1.5–3 mm; stamens 3, anther yellow. Seeds 0.8–1.2 mm, tuberculate; elaiosome absent. 2n = 14.

Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Moist or transitional wetland habitat in coastal and inland valleys
Elevation: 800-1600 m


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B.C., Calif., Idaho, Oreg., Wash.


Selected References


Lower Taxa