Calflora
Taxon  Report   10180    
Parnassia palustris  L.
Marsh grass of parnassus
Parnassia palustris
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Parnassia palustris
© 2002 Russell Towle
Parnassia palustris
© 2008 Keir Morse
Parnassia palustris, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is found only slightly beyond California borders.

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Parnassia palustris
© 2016 Alexandra Hunt
Family: PARNASSIACEAE  
Genus: Parnassia
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Foothill Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Serpentine affinity: 2; (weak indicator)

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Parnassia californica
ICPN: Parnassia palustris var. californica
ICPN: Parnassia palustris var. montanensis
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More information about  Parnassia palustris
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (PAPA8)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 18, 2018).

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