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Meconella oregana
white fairy-poppy

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in lowland western Washington; southwestern British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Open ground, balds, and prairies where wet in the spring.

Flowers: March-April

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Endangered in Washington (WANHP)


Glabrous, glaucous annual, the stem 2-10 cm. tall, simple or sparingly branched.


Leaves entire; basal leaves spatulate-obovate, 6-18 mm. long; cauline leaves opposite, sessile.


Flowers single on slender, erect, axillary and terminal peduncles 2-4 cm. long; receptacle flared, flat; sepals 3, 1.5 mm. long; petals usually 6, white, 2.5-4 mm. long; stamens 3-6, the anthers oval, 0.25 mm. long, much shorter than the filaments; ovary 3-celled, style absent; stigma 3-lobed, erect.


Capsule linear, 10-18 mm. long, somewhat contorted.

Accepted Name:
Meconella oregana Nutt.
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. 1: 64. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Meconella oregana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Meconella oregana checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Meconella oregana information.

E-Flora BC: Meconella oregana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Meconella oregana photos.

USDA Plants: Meconella oregana information.

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