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Hesperochiron pumilus
small hesperochiron, small monkey-fiddle

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascade crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Meadows and moist, open slopes from the foothills to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees


Low, scapose, herbaceous perennial from a taproot and a few slender rhizomes


Leaf blades oblanceolate to ovate, up to 7 cm. long and 2 cm. wide, equaling the petiole, usually glabrous except for the hairy margins.


Peduncles single-flowered, 1-5, shorter than the leaves; calyx cleft to near the base; corolla white with purple veining, saucer-shaped, 1.5-3 cm. wide, the 5 glabrous lobes 2-4 times as long as the internally-hairy tube; stamens 5, the filaments attached alternate with the lobes; style 2-parted.


Capsule 1-celled, many-seeded.

Accepted Name:
Hesperochiron pumilus (Douglas ex Griseb.) Porter
Publication: Rep. U.S. Geol. Geogr. Surv. Territ. 1872: 778. 1873.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Hesperochiron villosulus (Greene) Suksd.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hesperochiron pumilus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Hesperochiron pumilus checklist entry

OregonFlora: Hesperochiron pumilus information

E-Flora BC: Hesperochiron pumilus atlas page

CalPhotos: Hesperochiron pumilus photos

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