Syn.: Mitella prostrata Michx.
Family: Saxifragaceae Juss.

Mitella nuda

Distribution: Alaska, Canada, northern states of US from coast to coast and eastern Asia along Pacific from eastern Russia to Korea and Japan.

Ecology: Wet woodlands, bogs, shade tolerant. Blooms in June and July.

Mitella nuda

Description: Perennial herb growing from creeping rootstock, flowering stem 5–20 cm tall; leaves basal, heart-shaped 1.5–6 cm long, 2–5 cm across, both surfaces with stiff hairs; a single leaf can be found on the flowering stem. Inflorescence is a 3–10 flowered raceme. Flowers greenish white, 5–6 mm across, sepals 4 or 5; petals 5, finely divided and branched into 8 segments, lace-like; stamens 10, pistil 1. Fruit is a capsule, 2-valved at tip, seeds black, shiny with appearance of poppy seeds.

Threat and protection: It is considered endangered in states of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Use: Cree people used the crushed leaves as remedy for earaches.

Note: This genus contains about 20 species from eastern and northern Asia and North America, one species (Mitella nuda) is nearly circumboreal.

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These images were taken in Canada, Alberta, Fish Creek Provincial Park, Shannon Terrace (July 2012), and Alberta, Waiparous (June 26, 2015).