Synthyris schizantha


Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 29: 223. 1902.

Common names: Fringed kittentail
Synonyms: Veronica schizantha (Piper) M. M. Martínez Ort. & Albach
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 304. Mentioned on page 298.

Leaves persistent, some withering in 2d year as new leaves expand; blade ovate to reniform or orbiculate, 25+ mm wide, chartaceous, base cordate to lobate, margins incised-crenate, teeth apices obtuse to rounded, surfaces ± hairy; basal veins extending into distal 1/2 of blade, lateral veins 2–4 on each side of midvein. Racemes erect, to 35 cm in fruit; sterile bracts 2, fan-shaped, largest 2+ cm; flowers 15–80, loosely aggregated. Sepals 4. Petals (3 or)4(or 5), apex laciniate; corolla blue to lavender with veins deeper colored (except tube yellowish white), ± regular, campanulate, much longer than calyx, glabrous, tube conspicuous. Stamens epipetalous. Ovaries: ovules 2–7. Capsules glabrous or sparsely hairy along margins.

Phenology: Flowering May–Jun; fruiting May–Aug.
Habitat: Moist slopes, forest edges.
Elevation: 900–1400 m.


Synthyris schizantha is known from the southern Olympic Mountains in Grays Harbor County and the Cascade Mountains in Lewis County, Washington, and in the vicinity of Saddle Mountain in Clatsop County, Oregon.

Selected References


Lower Taxa