Parnassia grandifolia DC.

Grass-Of-Parnassus

Parnassia grandifolia plant

Family - Saxifragaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Parnassia grandifolia leaves

Parnassia grandifolia basalsBasal leaves in-situ.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Parnassia grandifolia flower

Parnassia grandifolia calyxCalyx.

Flowering - August - October.

Habitat - Fens, base of limestone bluffs.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found in the Ozark Region of Missouri. It is easily identified by its basal leaves and large white flowers. No other plant in the state resembles Parnassia. The species is more common in the eastern U.S.
The common name of this species is "Grass-of-Parnassus." This makes little sense as the plant does not resemble a grass in any way. The Latin name makes much more sense as it describes the large, bright flowers.

Photographs taken at the Shut-Ins Mountain Fen, Shannon County, MO., 8-31-03.


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