Siskiyou Lewisia
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Siskiyou Lewisia
E Introduced Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Siskiyou Lewisia
Botanical name: Lewisia cotyledon    Family: Montiaceae (Montia family)
Synonyms: Calandrinia cotyledon, Oreobroma cotyledon

Siskiyou Lewisia is an evergreen perennial growing from a thick taproot and caudex unit. Flowers arise on one or more stems 10-30 cm tall, each stem bearing an array of up to 50 flowers. Near the flowers are small, pointed bracts tipped with resin glands. The flower has 7-13 petals, each about 1.5 cm long. The petals may be pale pink with darker veining, whitish with pinkish orange striping, or solid orange to yellow. It produces a basal rosette of many thick, fleshy oval- or spoon-shaped leaves up to 9 cm long. The species name cotyledon, meaning small cup, refers to the shape of the leaves. Siskiyou Lewisia is native to California, Oregon, USA, cultivated in cooler parts of India as a garden plant.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in cultivation in Shimla.

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