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Glehnia littoralis ssp. leiocarpa (Mathias) HultÚn
American silvertop, Beach Silvertop
USDA Symbol: GLLIL
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low spreading plant with rosettes of pinnate leaves lying on sand; small, tight, round, short-stemmed umbels rising from center and bearing numerous tiny white flowers.
The genus name probably honors P. von Glehn, a 19th-century curator at the St. Petersburg Botanic Garden. There is only one species of Glehnia; the other subspecies is Asian.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AK , CA , OR , WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Pacific Coast from Alaska south to northern California. Native Habitat:
Beach sands and dunes.
USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff