Synthyris laciniata

(A. Gray) Rydberg
Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 1: 353. 1900.
Common names: Cut-leaf kittentail
Basionym: Synthyris pinnatifida var. laciniata A. Gray in A. Gray et al. Syn. Fl. N. Amer. 2(1): 286. 1878
Synonyms: Veronica utahensis M. M. Martínez Ort. & Albach
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 300. Mentioned on page 298.

Leaves persistent, some withering in 2d year as new leaves expand; blade ± orbiculate, reniform, or cordate, 25+ mm wide, not leathery, base cordate or lobate, margins ± laciniate, sometimes palmately lobed or incised-crenate, teeth apices obtuse to rounded, surfaces glabrous or sparsely hairy; basal veins usually extending into distal 1/2 of blade, lateral veins 2–4 on each side of midvein. Racemes erect, to 20 cm (usually less than 25 cm in fruit); sterile bracts 3+, ovate-spatulate, largest 1+ cm; flowers 15–40, loosely aggregated. Sepals 4. Petals (3 or)4(or 5), apex entire or erose; corolla blue, ± regular, campanulate, much longer than calyx, glabrous, tube conspicuous. Stamens epipetalous. Ovaries: ovules 10–16. Capsules glabrous.

Phenology: Flowering late May–Aug; fruiting Jun–Oct.
Habitat: Subalpine meadows, alpine tundra, fellfields.
Elevation: 2900–4000 m.


Synthyris laciniata is found only in high mountain areas of central to west-central and southern Utah. Flowering in S. laciniata begins at the margins of melting snow banks.

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Larry D. Hufford +
(A. Gray) Rydberg +
Synthyris pinnatifida var. laciniata +
Cut-leaf kittentail +
2900–4000 m. +
Subalpine meadows, alpine tundra, fellfields. +
Flowering late May–Aug +  and fruiting Jun–Oct. +
Mem. New York Bot. Gard. +
Veronica utahensis +
Synthyris laciniata +
Synthyris +
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