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Whipplea modesta
modesty, common whipplea

Distribution: Occurring on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington; Washington to California.

Habitat: Dry, rocky, open to lightly forested areas.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)

Pollination: Bees, flies


Trailing shrub, the main stem freely rooting, up to 1 m. long, coarsely pubescent, with numerous short, erect shoots terminating in flowers.


Leaves opposite, sub-sessile, ovate or ovate-elliptic, 1-2.5 cm. long and 5-15 mm. broad, remotely rounded-serrate.


Inflorescence of congested panicles on peduncles 2-5 cm. long; flowers white, 5-10 in a cluster; calyx lobes 5 or 6, oblong-lanceolate, 1.5-2 mm. long, erect; petals 5 or 6, about twice as long as the calyx lobes, rhombic-obovate; stamens 5 or 6, opposite the petals, the filaments flattened; styles 5 or 6, fused only at the base or free; ovary half inferior.


Capsule depressed-globose, separating into 4-5 leathery, 1-seeded segments.

Accepted Name:
Whipplea modesta Torr.
Publication: 4(5): 90-91, pl. 7. 1857.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Whipplea modesta in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Whipplea modesta checklist entry

OregonFlora: Whipplea modesta information

E-Flora BC: Whipplea modesta atlas page

CalPhotos: Whipplea modesta photos

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