J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas 1: 1020. 2007 ,.
Plants solitary or tufted, with bulbils on caudices. Leaves basal; petiole ± absent; blade oblanceolate, 6–15(–30) cm, ± fleshy, base cuneate, margins subentire, sometimes 1–3-toothed distally, eciliate or sparsely ciliate, surfaces glabrate. Inflorescences 2(–5+)-flowered, (proximal flowers replaced by bulbils), narrow, branched, sometimes ± open, cylindric thyrses, sometimes solitary flowers, 5–15 cm, glabrous or sparsely purple-tipped stipitate-glandular. (Pedicels erect to ascending.) Flowers: sepals reflexed, lanceolate; petals white, each with 1–2 basal yellow spots, lanceolate, clawed, 3–8 mm, longer than sepals; filaments linear, flattened; pistils connate 1/2+ their lengths; ovary superior, (to 1/3 adnate to hypanthium). Capsules green to purplish, valvate. 2n = 56.
Phenology: Flowering late summer.
Habitat: Mossy tundra near streams and flushes, wet, rocky slopes, snowbeds
Elevation: 0-1800 m
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