Nitrophila occidentalis

(Moquin-Tandon) S. Watson

Botany (Fortieth Parallel), 297. 1871.

Basionym: Banalia occidentalis Moquin-Tandon in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(2): 279. 1849
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 263. Mentioned on page 262.

Stems sometimes prostrate and stolon- or rhizomelike with scaly leaves, 7–20(–30) cm; above-ground stem not densely leafy. Leaves of main stems clasping at base, leaves of main stem sometimes connate, arched-spreading; blade linear, terete or subterete, at least in distal 1/2, 5–20(–30) × 0.7–1.5 mm, apex sharply acute or apiculate, sometimes retuse. Inflorescences solitary, sessile flowers, or if 2–3-flowered, additional flowers short-pedicelled. Flowers: perianth segments erect, pinkish to yellowish brown, 1-veined, ovate, 2–3.3 mm; stamens included; filaments shortly connate basally; style longer than stigmatic branches. Utricles concealed by persistent calyx. Seeds brown, ca 1.2 mm. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer.
Habitat: Relatively moist, alkaline flats or meadows, 400-1900 m


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Calif., Nev., Oreg., Utah.


Nitrophila occidentalis often occurs with Distichlis, Juncus, and Sarcobatus.

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Lower Taxa

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Noel H. Holmgren +
(Moquin-Tandon) S. Watson +
Banalia occidentalis +
Calif. +, Nev. +, Oreg. +  and Utah. +
Relatively moist, alkaline flats or meadows, 400-1900 m +
Flowering spring–summer. +
Botany (Fortieth Parallel), +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Nitrophila occidentalis +
Nitrophila +
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