Lithophragma parviflorum

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  • Latin Name: Lithophragma parviflorum
  • Family: Saxifragaceae
  • Common Names: small-flowered prairie star, small-flowered woodland star
  • Synonyms/Misapplications: Lithophragma parviflora, Tellima parviflora
  • Codon: LITPAR


Lithophragma parviflorum
Photo by Ray Izumi, 2010, also featured on Main Page
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Phylum: Spermatophyta
Subphylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Saxifraganae
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Saxifragaceae
Genus: Lithophragma (Nutt.) Torr & A. Gray
Species: Lithophragma parviflorum (Hook.) Nutt.


Bloom Period






Seed sample from: 2010

Average Measurement: 0.5 x 0.3 x 0.2

Measurement Range: L: 0.3 - 0.6, W: 0.1 - 0.3, D: 0.1 - 0.6


Shape: Seeds very small, hilum puckered, and located at tapered end of seed. Opposite apex also tapered.

Color: Seeds dark brown, and almost black at ridges and wrinkles.

Surface: Seeds have at least one major ridge that extends longitudinally from hilum to opposite apex. Seeds may have some other longitudinal ridging and wrinkling. Seeds very shiny, smooth, and iridescent.

Latitudinal Cross Section: elliptical LIPA lat.png

Longitudinal Cross Section: elliptical LIPA long.png

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