Mitella species

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Scientific Name Mitella pentandra (Pectiantia pentandra) USDA PLANTS Symbol
MIPE
Common Name Five-stamen Miterwort, Green Miterwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
24412
Family Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage) SW Colorado Wildflowers Ref.
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to subalpine. Woodlands, streamsides, wetlands.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 16 inches tall, leafless stem. Easily overlooked plant.
Leaves: One or two round basal leaves with crenate edges and long petioles.
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.
Fruit: Fruit cup about 1/4-inch across contains small, shiny green seeds turning dark brown.
References: Descr. adapted from "A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier and www.swcoloradowildflowers.com.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Mitella stauropetala USDA PLANTS Symbol
MIST3
Common Name Side-flowered Miterwort, Smallflower Miterwort, Starry Miterwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
24414
Family Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to subalpine. Woodlands, streamsides, wetlands.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 20 inches tall, depending on altitude; leafless stem.
Leaves: Large, somewhat hairy round basal leaves on long petioles with crenate edges.
Inflorescence: Several very small white flowers less than 1/4-inch across along one side of the stem, each with 5 white sepals, 5 stamens and 5 deeply-lobed, narrow, fork-like petals.
Fruit: Fruit cup about 1/4-inch across contains small, shiny green seeds turning dark brown.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet and www.swcoloradowildflowers.com.
Colorado Status
Native

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