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Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered miterwort - Mitella stauropetala

Family: Saxifragaceae - Saxifrage family Genus Common Name: Miterwort Native Status: Native
Mitella stauropetala - Smallflower Miterwort, Side-flowered miterwort. Smallflower Miterwort is found in 7 northwestern states (CO, ID, MT, OR, UT, WA, WY.) It has basal leaves with unique white blossoms in a raceme thinly populating one side of a stalk that may rise to 30 inches high.

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Mitella stauropetala

Distribution of Mitella stauropetala in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 25 Feb 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Boise National Forest, Ada County, ID Date: 2010-June-15Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
The blossom has 5 petal-like sepals, with the petals being very narrow with three lobes. The flowers are secund all aligning along the same side of the stem although the pedicels seem to alternate from side to side of the stem.
Mitella stauropetala

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