Dryas octopetala

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Scientific Name Dryas octopetala USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Eight-petal Mountain Avens, Mountain Avens, Mountain Dryad ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Rosaceae (Rose) eFloras.org
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Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine. Tundra, rocky slopes, scree.
Plant: Mat-forming perennial sub-shrub with tangled stems 1 to 5 inches tall.
Leaves: Dense rosettes of elliptic to ovate leaves, less than 3/4-inch long with acute to rounded teeth on edges, leathery upper surface and hairy beneath.
Inflorescence: Single flowers about 1-inch across atop leafless stems 1/2 to almost 5 inches long; eight or more spreading white or cream petals, many yellow stamens in center.
References: Descr. adapted from efloras.org and US Forest Service.
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