|Scientific Name||Lewisia pygmaea||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LEPY2|
|Common Name||Pygmy Bitterroot||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||20486|
|Family||Montiaceae (Miner's Lettuce) formerly Portulacaceae||SEINet
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (7200 to 14000 ft); meadows and forest openings.
Plant: Short perennial 1/2 to 4-3/4 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal, slender, fleshy linear to linear-oblanceolate, 3/4 to 3 inches long.
Inflorescence: Single or tight clusters of 2 to 4 flowers, 3/4-inch across or less; 5 to 9 petals, narrowly oblong, elliptic, or oblanceolate, pink-to-magenta or white and greenish near base; 5 to 8 stamens and 3-6 stigma.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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