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Luetkea pectinata
luetkea, partridgefoot

Distribution: Occurring in the Olympic and Cascades mountains in Washington; Alaska to California, east to Northwest Territory, Alberta, Idaho, and Montana.

Habitat: Usually on sandy soil in moist or shady places, subalpine to alpine.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Rhizomatous and stoloniferous semi-shrubs forming extensive mats, the erect, leafy flowering stems 10-15 cm. tall.


Leaves petiolate, crowded in thick basal tufts, the blade 5-10 mm. long, bi-ternately dissected into linear lobes; cauline leaves several, reduced.


Inflorescence a somewhat elongate, terminal cluster; calyx obconic, glabrous, the 5 lobes triangular, 2 mm. long; petals 5, white, spatulate to obovate, 3-3.5 mm. long; stamens 20, pistils 5.


Fruit a several-seeded follicle, about 5 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Luetkea pectinata (Pursh) Kuntze
Publication: Revisio Generum Plantarum 1: 217. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Eriogynia pectinata (Pursh) Hook.
Saxifraga pectinata Pursh
Spiraea pectinata (Pursh) Torr. & A. Gray
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Luetkea pectinata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Luetkea pectinata checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Luetkea pectinata information.

E-Flora BC: Luetkea pectinata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Luetkea pectinata photos.

USDA Plants: Luetkea pectinata information.

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