Tellima grandiflora

(Pursh) Douglas ex Lindley

Bot. Reg. 14: plate 1178. 1828,.

Basionym: Mitella grandiflora Pursh Fl. Amer. Sept. 1: 314. 1813
Synonyms: Tellima odorata Howell
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 77. Mentioned on page 108.

Leaves: stipules sheathing, greenish, ca. 5 mm, membranous; petiole 3–30 cm; blade 3.5–10 cm, ultimate margins ciliate. Inflorescences 40–90 cm, densely stipitate-glandular or glandular-hispid; bracts subtending pedicels scalelike. Flowers: hypanthium campanulate to widely urceolate, 4.5–9 mm, stipitate-glandular; sepals erect, elliptic, 1–3 mm, apex acute; petals erect proximally, spreading to reflexed distally, obovate, 5–7-lobed, 3–7 mm, lobes usually linear; stamens included, 0.8–1 mm; filaments 0.5 mm; styles included, 1–1.5 mm. Capsules ovoid, 7–8 mm. Seeds 100–150, 0.8–1 mm. 2n = 14.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jul.
Habitat: Moist forests, thickets, meadows, rocky slopes, often near streams
Elevation: 0-2000 m


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B.C., Alaska, Calif., Idaho, Mont., Oreg., Wash.


Tellima grandiflora is found in moist, shaded sites from Alaska and British Columbia to California south of San Francisco. It resembles species of Mitella in its finely pinnatifid petals but is distinguished from most of them by the two to three conspicuous, alternate, cauline leaves in Tellima. It is distinguished from M. caulescens by the latter’s basipetalous anthesis.

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Lower Taxa

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Elizabeth Fortson Wells +  and Patrick E. Elvander† +
(Pursh) Douglas ex Lindley +
Mitella grandiflora +
B.C. +, Alaska +, Calif. +, Idaho +, Mont. +, Oreg. +  and Wash. +
0-2000 m +
Moist forests, thickets, meadows, rocky slopes, often near streams +
Flowering Apr–Jul. +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Tellima odorata +
Tellima grandiflora +
species +