Asarum lemmonii

S. Watson

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 14: 294. 1879.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.

Rhizomes horizontal, shallow, internodes (0.6-)1-4 cm. Leaves: petiole (3.5-)6-26 cm, sparsely crisped-hirsute. Leaf blade not variegate, cordate to almost reniform, 4-6.5 × 7-10.5 cm, apex broadly rounded-acute to rounded; surfaces abaxially sparsely appressed-hirsute, adaxially glabrous or sparsely hirsute along veins, marginal hairs perpendicular to margin or curved toward apex. Flowers descending; peduncle 2-3. calyx tube cylindric, externally reddish, at least in part, glabrous or sparsely hirsute, internally white, rarely with longitudinal red stripes, with white or purple hairs; distal portion of sepal strongly reflexed at anthesis, 4-8 mm, apex acute to apiculate or short-acuminate, abaxially purple, glabrous or sparsely hirsute, adaxially red, puberulent with crisped pale or purple hairs; pollen sacs 1-1.5 mm, sterile tip of connective on inner stamens purple or brown, 0.5-1 mm, shorter than pollen sacs. 2n = 26.

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer (May–Jul).
Habitat: Wet places, usually near creeks, in understory of conifer forests
Elevation: 1100-1900 m


Asarum lemmonii is endemic to the Sierra Nevada.

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Lower Taxa