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Lewisia brachycalyx  A. Gray
Short sepaled lewisia,   Shortsepal lewisia
Lewisia brachycalyx is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).
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~104 records in California
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Genus: Lewisia
Family: Montiaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: meadows

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFLewisia brachycarpa
JEFOreobroma brachycalyx
Information about  Lewisia brachycalyx from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[Wikipedia] Description, Cultivation: Lewisia brachycalyx is a species of flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, known by the common name short-sepal bitter-root or shortsepal lewisia.[1] It is native to the mountains of the southwestern United States and Baja California,[1] where it grows in moist habitat such as meadows. Description Lewisia brachycalyx is a deciduous perennial growing from a short thick taproot and caudex unit. It produces a basal rosette of thick, fleshy, blunt-tipped narrow leaves up to 8 centimeters long. The inflorescence is under 4 centimeters tall, taking the form of a cluster of several flowers sitting atop the leaf rosette. Each flower has 5 to 9 shiny white or pink petals about 2 centimeters long. At the center are many stamens and stigmas clumped together.[2] The Latin specific epithet brachycalyx means ?having a short calyx?.[3] The genus Lewisia was moved in 2009 from the purslane family (Portulacaceae) with adoption of the APG III system, which established the family Montiaceae. Cultivation This plant is hardy down to ?10 C (14 F) but requires well-drained, acid to neutral pH soil in full sun. It becomes dormant after flowering in the summer. It is a suitable subject for an alpine garden where it can be given the conditions that best replicate its natural habitat. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society?s Award of Garden Merit.[4][5] (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/21/2024).