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Montia linearis
lineleaf miner's lettuce, narrow-leafed montia

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Calfornia, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Moist to dry, usually sandy soil, low to moderate elevations.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Low, succulent annual, the stems ascending to erect, 5-20 cm. tall, several or sometimes single, branched or unbranched.


Leaves alternate, linear, 1.5-5 cm. long and 1-3 mm. wide.


Inflorescence of 5- to 12-flowered, loose, terminal or axillary, racemes 2-5 cm. long, often one-sided; pedicels 5-20 mm. long, usually recurved; sepals 2, 3-4 mm. long; petals 5, white, about equal to the sepals; stamens 3; style 1, stigmas 3, elongate.


Capsule about equaling the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Montia linearis (Douglas) Greene
Publication: Fl. Francisc. 181. 1891.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Clatyonia linearis Douglas ex Hook.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Montia linearis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Montia linearis checklist entry

OregonFlora: Montia linearis information

E-Flora BC: Montia linearis atlas page

CalPhotos: Montia linearis photos

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