Mt. Hood Pussy-paws - Cistanthe umbellata
(see State Rank Reason below)
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Widespread but never (?) common where it occurs. Grows well on disturbed ground, as along trails and edges of parking lots.
Taprooted perennial with a branched caudex, sometimes mat-forming. Stems ascending, 1–7 cm, leafless, 1 per rosette. Leaves all basal, petiolate; the blades oblanceolate to spatulate, 5–20 mm long. Inflorescence hemispheric, umbellate, densely flowered, 1–3 cm across. Flowers: petals 4, white, unequal, 3–5 mm long; sepals 2, sometimes pinkish, orbiculate persistent, scarious, 3–8 mm long, becoming larger in fruit; stamens 3; style exserted (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Sandy or gravelly, sparsely vegetated, granitic soil of fellfields, scree slopes; subalpine to alpine, rarely lower (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX