Taxon  Report   10180 
Parnassia palustris  L.
Marsh grass of parnassus
Parnassia palustris
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
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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
© 2005 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy
Genus: Parnassia
Subspecies and Varieties:
Foothill Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, wetland-riparian
Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   2 (weak indicator)   [Safford et al 2005]
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS
Alternate Names:
(according to)

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

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria


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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: Sep 24, 2018).

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