Friday, November 20, 2015

Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa)

8/17/03 Emerald Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Shasta County, CA


COMMON NAME: Pacific Bleeding Heart

SPECIESDicentra formosa

FAMILY: Papaveraceae (Poppy & Family)


LOCATION: Emerald Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Shasta County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Plant 20–45 cm, sometimes glaucous, rhizomed

Leaves 2-ternately dissected, 20–50 cm

Inflorescence 4+-flowered

Flower nodding; petals 14–18 mm, rose-purple to whitish, not drying black; base of central stamen of each set aligned with lateral 2

Fruit 14–20 mm, long-conic

Ecology: Damp, shaded areas

Elevation: < 2200 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, n Central Western California 

Distribution outside California: to British Columbia
Small plants from nw KR with bluish glaucous leaves and light petals have been called subsp. oregana (Eastw.) Munz, Oregon bleeding heart

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