Taxon  Report   5685 
Montia fontana  L.
Annual water minerslettuce,  Water chickweed, Water montia
Montia fontana
© 2009 Keir Morse
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Montia fontana
© 2009 Keir Morse
Montia fontana
© 2004 Carol W. Witham
Montia fontana, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to North America.

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Montia fontana
© 2008 Keir Morse
Genus: Montia
Wetlands: Arid West: Occurs in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Claytonia fontana
PLANTS: Montia minor
PLANTS: Montia lamprosperma
PLANTS: Montia hallii
PLANTS: Montia fontana var. variabilis
PLANTS: Montia fontana var. tenerrima
PLANTS: Montia fontana var. lamprosperma
ICPN + PLANTS: Montia fontana ssp. fontana
PLANTS: Montia dipetala
PLANTS: Montia verna
ICPN: Montia fontana ssp. variabilis
ICPN: Montia funstonii
ICPN + PLANTS: Montia fontana ssp. chondrosperma
ICPN + PLANTS: Montia fontana ssp. amporitana
More information about  Montia fontana
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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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:   (Accessed: Jul 22, 2018).

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