Parnassia parviflora DC.
Family: Celastraceae
small-flowered grass-of-Parnassus
[Parnassia palustris var. parviflora L.]
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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William S. Alverson  
Etymology: Parnassia: named for Mt. Parnassus of Greece, of uncertain application
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb
Leaves: basal leaves with oval to oblong blades, the bases tapering to the stem; leaf drawing usually 1 erect, stalkless, smaller stem leaf
Flowers: white, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, petals to 1/2 longer than the sepals; solitary; blooms June-Aug.
Habitat: Lake Michigan shores, wet meadows; in limy soil
Conservation Status: Endangered
Parnassia parviflora image
William S. Alverson  
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from USDA Plants website  
Parnassia parviflora image
from USDA Plants website  
Parnassia parviflora image