|Scientific Name||Mitella pentandra (Pectiantia pentandra)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MIPE|
|Common Name||Five-stamen Miterwort, Green Miterwort||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||24412|
Life zones and habitat: Montane to subalpine (8000 to 12000 ft.); shady woodlands, streamsides, wetlands.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 16 inches tall, usually leafless stem. Easily overlooked plant.
Leaves: Ovate-cordate basal leaves 1 to 2-3/4 inches long with doubly-crenate edges and long petioles; usually no stem leaves or just one or two.
Inflorescence: Several very small green flowers less than 1/4-inch across along and around the stem, each with 5 sepals, 5 stamens and deeply-cut feather-like petals bending backward.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: Fruit cup about 1/4-inch across contains small, shiny green seeds turning dark brown.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, Flora of North America and SW Colorado Wildflowers.
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