Lewisia pygmaea

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Scientific Name Lewisia pygmaea var. pygmaea USDA PLANTS Symbol LEPY2
Common Name Pygmy Bitterroot ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20486
Family Montiaceae (Miner's Lettuce) formerly Portulacaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (7200 to 14000 ft); meadows and forest openings.
Plant: Short perennial 1/2 to 4-3/4 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal, slender, fleshy linear to linear-oblanceolate, 3/4 to 3 inches long.
Inflorescence: Single or tight clusters of 2 to 4 pink-to-magenta or white flowers, less than 3/4-inch across; 6 petals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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