Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Minuartia nuttallii -- (Nuttall's Sandwort)

photos by Susan McDougall


Minuartia nuttallii

Growing above 6,500 feet on the east side of Mount Rainier, this plant is encountered along high elevation trails, such as Burroughs Mountain, or, in this case, the Mount Fremont trail.

Location: Mount Fremont, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 17, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Mount Fremont, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9252, -121.6745, 7134
Date: August 17, 2016
Minuartia nuttallii

The stems are glandular-hairy and very fragile. The leaves are sharply pointed. This sandwort is distinguished from others by the pointed sepals which have three veins.

Location: Mount Fremont, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 17, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Mount Fremont, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9252, -121.6745, 7134
Date: August 17, 2016
Minuartia nuttallii

The flowers typically have five petals, but here a few with seven are found. The capsules are 6-valved. Nuttall's Sandwort is a member of the Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae). This is variety nuttallii.

Location: Mount Fremont, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 17, 2016

Author: Susan McDougall
Mount Fremont, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9252, -121.6745, 7134
Date: August 17, 2016

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