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Patrick E. Elvander

Perennial or subshrub from caudex or rhizome, generally ± hairy
Stem often ± leafy on lower half, rarely trailing and leafy throughout
Leaves generally simple, basal or sometimes cauline, generally alternate, generally petioled; veins ± palmate
Inflorescence: panicle, generally ± scapose
Flower generally bisexual, generally radial; hypanthium free to ± fused to ovary; calyx lobes generally 5; petals generally 5, free, generally clawed, generally white; stamens generally 5 or 10; pistils 2 and simple or 1 and compound (chambers 1–2, placentas 2–4, axile or parietal), ovary superior to inferior, sometimes more superior in fruit, styles generally 2
Fruit: 2 follicles or 2–4-valved capsule
Seeds generally many, small
Genera in family: 40 genera, 600 species: especially n temp, arctic, alpine; some cultivated (Bergenia , Darmera , Heuchera , Saxifraga , Tellima , Tolmiea )
Reference: [Soltis 1988 Syst Bot 13:64–72]



Plant hairy; glands few; rhizome scaly; bulblets 0
Leaves simple or compound, basal and cauline, reduced upward; stipules minute on cauline leaves, membranous, with marginal bristles; blade ovate, base cordate, lobes 3–5, ± deep, or leaflets 3, teeth sharp
Inflorescence generally raceme-like
Flower: hypanthium minute, free of ovary; petals thread-like; stamens 10; pistil 1, ovary superior, chamber 1 below, 2 above, placentas 2, parietal
Fruit: capsule; valves 2, unequal
Species in genus: 2 species: North America, Asia
Etymology: (Greek: small tiara)
Reference: [Kern 1966 Madroño 18:152–160]


T. trifoliata L.


Leaf 2–20 cm; stipules on basal leaves < 1 cm, on cauline leaves < 1 mm; petiole > blade; blade 3–12 cm wide, teeth sharp
Inflorescence 15–40 cm; glandular hairs dense
Flower: calyx lobes 1.5–2.5 mm; petals 3–4 mm
Ecology: UNCOMMON. Moist shady banks
Elevation: < 2500 m.
Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, n Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area
Distribution outside California: to Alaska, Montana
Varieties intergrade.


var. trifoliata

Leaf generally 3–9 cm wide; leaflets stalked, shallowly lobed, teeth sharp
Ecology: Habitat of sp.
Elevation: ± 1500 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges (Humboldt-Trinity Co. line)
Distribution outside California: to Alaska, Montana
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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