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Glehnia littoralis ssp. leiocarpa

Glehnia littoralis F. Schmidt ex Miq. ssp. leiocarpa (Mathias) Hultén

American Silvertop, Beach Silvertop

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Synonym(s): Cymopterus littoralis, Glehnia leiocarpa, Glehnia littoralis var. leiocarpa


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , CA , OR , WA
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Pacific Coast from Alaska south to northern California.
Native Habitat: Beach sands and dunes.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Glehnia littoralis ssp. leiocarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Glehnia littoralis ssp. leiocarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Glehnia littoralis ssp. leiocarpa


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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