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Dicentra pauciflora

Dicentra pauciflora (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Ordo: Ranunculales

Familia: Papaveraceae
Subfamilia: Fumarioideae
Tribus: Fumarieae
Genus: Dicentra
Species: Dicentra pauciflora

Dicentra pauciflora S.Watson, Bot. California. 2: 429 (1880).

Bicuculla pauciflora (S.Watson) Howell, Fl. N.W. Amer. 1: 34 (1897).
Bikukulla pauciflora (S.Watson) Coville, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 4: 60 (1893).
Capnorchis pauciflora (S.Watson) Greene, Fl. Francisc. 279 (1891).
Diclytra pauciflora (S.Watson) Greene, Pittonia 1: 187 (1888).


Dicentra pauciflora is a species of flowering plant in Dicentra, the genus containing the bleeding-hearts. Its common names include shorthorn steer's head and few-flowered bleeding-heart. This perennial wildflower is native to the US states of Oregon and California, where it grows high in the mountains in gravelly soils. This is a short bleeding-heart, approaching 10 centimeters in maximum height. From a rhizome beneath the soil it extends several erect petioles, each holding a leaf divided into leaflets which are each divided into smooth, fingerlike lobes. It also erects a thin stem which is topped with an inflorescence of one to three nodding flowers. Each flower is a shade of pink or purple to white, with two curving outer petals flexed back against the flower, and inner petals extended straight outward. The fruit is a capsule just over a centimeter long. The specific epithet pauciflora, refers to the Latin term for 'few flowered'.[1][2]


Allen J. Coombes The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants, p. 106, at Google Books
D. Gledhill The Names of Plants, p. 220, at Google Books

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