Heuchera chlorantha

From Puget Prairie Plants
  • Latin Name: Heuchera chlorantha
  • Family: Saxifragaceae
  • Common Names: green-flowered alumroot, meadow alumroot, tall alumroot
  • Codon: HEUCHL

Taxonomy

Description

Branching perennial from rhizomes[1], 4-10 dm tall.[2]

Leaves basal, palmately lobed, obovate to sub-reniform in shape,[2] leaf stems and bases densely covered with soft hairs.[1] Leaf stipules membranous, fused to leaf stalks.[2]

Densely-flowered, spike-like inflorescence.[2] Calyx is green.[1] Stamens 5, opposite the 5 corolla lobes.[2]

Seeds covered in slightly tapered spines in longitudinal rows.[1]

Bloom Period

May-August.[3]

Distribution

Central BC to southern Oregon, west Cascades and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington, on both sides of Cascades in Oregon.[1]

Habitat

Mesic to moist grassy bluffs, streambanks, meadows, rocky river banks, roadsides and forest margins, gravelly prairies and thickets in the lowland and montane zones.[2][1]

Uses

There are many important species in the Heuchera genus, both for medicine and tanning, because of their generally extremely astringent roots.

Heuchera chlorantha is a nectar source for many species of native bumblebees.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hitchcock, C. L., Cronquist, A., Giblin, D., & Legler, B. et al. (2018). Flora of the Pacific Northwest: an illustrated manual. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed:2020-06-10 1:03:07 PM]
  3. WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, & University of Washington. Retrieved from https://biology.burke.washington.edu/herbarium/imagecollection/taxon.php?Taxon=Heuchera%20chlorantha
  4. Heuchera chlorantha. Green-flowered Alumroot - Heuchera chlorantha . http://www.heritageseedlings.com/page_819_52/heuchera-chlorantha.