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Navarretia divaricata
divaricate navarretia, mountain navarretia, divaricate pincushion-plant, mountain pincushion-plant

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Nevada.

Habitat: Dry, open places from the foothills to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Low, sticky annual, often broader than high, the primary head only about 5 cm. above the ground.


Leaves few, pinnatifid, with narrow rachis and segments, the segments near the base.


Inflorescence of dense, leafy-bracteate, terminal heads, with naked side branches attached just below the heads also terminating in heads; calyx 6-10 mm. long, with 5 unequal lobes, and with broad translucent intervals between the herbaceous segments; corolla white to pale pink or lavender, shorter than the calyx, the 5 lobes very short; filaments 0.3 mm. long, inserted equally below the sinuses; style 3-parted, but two of the stigmas partly attached to each other; ovary superior.


Capsule often with only 2 cells because of a failure of a partition; seeds 2-4 per carpel.

Accepted Name:
Navarretia divaricata Greene
Publication: Pittonia 1(3): 136. 1887.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Navarretia divaricata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Navarretia divaricata checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Navarretia divaricata information.

E-Flora BC: Navarretia divaricata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Navarretia divaricata photos.

USDA Plants: Navarretia divaricata information.

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