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Oppositeleaf Lewisia
Lewisia oppositifolia
About Oppositeleaf Lewisia (Lewisia oppositifolia) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lewisia oppositifolia is a rare species of flowering plant in the purslane family known by the common name opposite-leaf lewisia. It is native to the Klamath Mountains of Josephine County, Oregon, and Del Norte County, California, where it is a local serpentine endemic generally found in moist areas. This is a perennial herb growing from a small taproot and caudex unit. It produces a basal rosette of several lance-shaped, blunt-tipped fleshy leaves up to 11 centimeters long. There are sometimes smaller leaves located on the lower stem. The flower cluster is made up of one or more erect stems up to about 20 centimeters long, each bearing 1 to 6 flowers. The flower has 8 to 11 white to pale pink petals with blunt or jagged tips, each between 1 and 2 centimeters long. At the center are several stamens with pale anthers. This plant has a limited distribution and it is threatened by human activity in the area, such as logging.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

4.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Pink

Landscaping Information
Part Shade

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist places

Annual Precipitation: 87.9" - 119.2", Summer Precipitation: 2.44" - 3.18", Coldest Month: 39.4" - 45.5", Hottest Month: 59.0" - 65.9", Humidity: 1.08" - 14.68", Elevation: 955" - 4132"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Lone Mountain Lewisia, Opposite-leaf Lewisia, Oppositeleaf Bitterroot

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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