Synthyris lanuginosa

(Piper) Pennell & J. W. Thompson

Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 85: 93. 1933

Common names: Olympic cut-leaf or woolly kittentail
Basionyms: Synthyris pinnatifida subsp. lanuginosa Piper Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 11: 504. 1906
Synonyms: S. pinnatifida var. lanuginosa (Piper) Cronquist Veronica dissecta subsp. lanuginosa (Piper) M. M. Martínez Ort. & Albach
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 300. Mentioned on page 297, 298.
Leaves persistent, some withering in 2d year as new leaves expand; blade oblong-ovate to ovate, 25+ mm wide, not leathery, base lobate, margins pinnately lobed or 2- or 3-pinnatifid, teeth apices obtuse, surfaces canescent; basal veins extending through proximal 1/2 of blade, lateral veins 2–4 on each side of midvein. Racemes erect, to 15 cm in fruit; sterile bracts 3+, ovate-spatulate, largest 1+ cm; flowers 10–30, loosely aggregated. Sepals 4. Petals (3 or)4(or 5), apex entire or erose, adaxials not flat; corolla blue, ± regular, campanulate, much longer than calyx, glabrous, tube conspicuous. Stamens epipetalous. Ovaries: ovules 10–16. Capsules hairy. 2n = 24.

Phenology: Flowering May–Aug; fruiting Jun–Sep.
Habitat: Alpine fellfields, talus slopes.
Elevation: 1600–2200 m.


Synthyris lanuginosa is restricted to the Olympic Mountains of northwestern Washington.

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Facts about "Synthyris lanuginosa"
AuthorLarry D. Hufford +
Authority(Piper) Pennell & J. W. Thompson +
BasionymsSynthyris pinnatifida subsp. lanuginosa +
Common nameOlympic cut-leaf or woolly kittentail +
DistributionWash. +
Elevation1600–2200 m. +
HabitatAlpine fellfields, talus slopes. +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorBarbara Alongi +
PhenologyFlowering May–Aug + and fruiting Jun–Sep. +
Publication titleProc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia +
Publication year1933 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V17/V17 725.xml +
Special statusEndemic +
SynonymsS. pinnatifida var. lanuginosa + and Veronica dissecta subsp. lanuginosa +
Taxon familyPlantaginaceae +
Taxon nameSynthyris lanuginosa +
Taxon parentSynthyris +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 17 +