Five Petals Leafs Mainly Basal )
Grass-of-parnassus Family (Parnassiaceae)
Habitat: All Elevations, but Mainly Subalpine
Height: 15-50 cm
Description: The fringed grass-of-parnassus (P. fimbriata) is a delicate flower which prefers wet locations. Look for basal leaves rising on short stems. They are fan shaped, approximately 5 cm long, and may be curled at the base. The veins run parallel to the leaf margin. A single tiny leaf is found halfway up the stem. The single flower is 2.5 cm across, white, and has a distinctive yellowish fringe, like that found on a western jacket, near the base of the five petals.
The similar alpine grass-of-parnassis (P. kotzebuei) lacks the leaf midway up the stem.
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