Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Mitella pentandra Hook.
- Family: Saxifrage (Saxifragaceae)
- Flowering: May-July
- Field Marks: The 5 petals of the flowers of this species are deeply and intricately divided, giving the appearance of a snowflake.
- Habitat: Moist woods, bogs.
- Habit: Perennial herb with short rootstocks.
- Stems: Upright, slender, up to 1 foot tall, glandular-hairy, bearing only a raceme of flowers.
- Leaves: All basal, shallowly and palmately 5-lobed, heart-shaped at the base, up to 3 inches long and about as broad, hairy, with some of the hairs glandular, toothed; stalks up to 4 inches long, hairy or smooth.
- Flowers: 8-20 in an uncrowded raceme, on short stalks.
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, the lobes more or less triangular, rounded at the tip, usually curved downward.
- Petals: 5, white, free from each other, finely divided into thread-like segments.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary more or less inferior; styles 2.
- Fruits: Capsules ovoid, 2-beaked, up to 1/6 inch across, with numerous smooth and shiny seeds.
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