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3a. Dicentra formosa subsp. formosa

Dicentra formosa (Haworth) Walpers var. breviflora L. F. Henderson

Leaf blades abaxially glaucous, adaxially not glaucous (rarely glaucescent). Flowers : petals rose-purple to pink, rarely white. 2 n = 16, 32.

Flowering early spring-early fall. Loam or gravel soils in moist woods and clearings, and along banks of streams; 0-2250 m; B.C.; Calif., Oreg., Wash.

This subspecies occurs in two chromosomal races: tetraploids (2 n = 32), distributed from the Cascade Mountains of Oregon southward throughout the Coast Ranges to central California, and diploids ( n = 16), distributed from Vancouver Island and British Columbia southward through the Cascades and Coast Ranges, and along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada to Monterey and Tulare counties, California. The flowers of both races vary appreciably in color, shape, and size.


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