Waterleaf Family Hydrophyllaceae

Mist Maiden

Romanzoffia unalaschcensis Cham.

The underground part of the stem is covered with persistent, woody layers. The short-petiolate leaves are crowded at the base of the plant and held below the longer flowering stems. The leaves are round to cordate, scalloped with six to eight rounded teeth, green but often with red edges, and with glandular hairs beneath.

The flowering stems are reddish, pubescent, 3" to 8" tall, and branching near the top to hold the flowers. The numerous nodding bell-shaped flowers are white, with five lobes and yellow centers. The pubescent sepals are reddish green and two-thirds the length of the petals.

Mist maiden grows from sea level up, in moist rocky areas and slopes. It is often mistaken for a saxifrage, and the plants favor the same sort of habitat. But the mist maiden's fruit is a single round capsule, whereas most saxifrage have a double-beaked fruit.

Range:

Eastern Aleutians to Kodiak Island.

Mist Maiden

Romanzoffia unalaschcensis Cham.

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