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Lewisia pygmaea (Alpine lewisia)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lewisia pygmaea

Lewisia pygmaea (A. Gray) B.L. Rob.

Alpine Lewisia, Pygmy Bitterroot

Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)

Synonym(s): Lewisia minima, Lewisia pygmaea var. aridorum, Lewisia sierrae, Oreobroma pygmaeum, Talinum pygmaeum

USDA Symbol: LEPY2

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

Pygmy Bitterroot is a member of the purslane family (family Portulacaceae). Purslanes are herbs, often succulent, with delicate flowers.
Flowers: radially symmetrical, borne single or in branched clusters; sepals usually 2, united or separate; petals 4


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB

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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lewisia pygmaea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lewisia pygmaea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lewisia pygmaea


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

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