Valeriana capitata Pall.
FamilyValerianaceae — APG family: Caprifoliaceae
SynonymsValeriana capitata var. bracteosa (Britt.) Hult., Valeriana bracteosa Britt.
DescriptionStems single, pubescent at nodes, from long, creeping rhizome; leaves glabrous, the basal long-petiolated, entire, elliptic to ovate or subcordate; stem leaves op- posite, shallowly 3-lobed, sessile, or the lower short-petiolated; inflorescence sub- tended by large, 3-lobed bracts, densely capitate in flower, becoming an open, diffuse panicle in fruit; bractlets linear, nearly as long as calyx; flowers 5-8 mm long, white or lilac, narrowly funnelform; calyx bristles plumose in fruit.
EcologyMoist places, in the mountains to at least 1,500 meters.
Alaskan specimens belong to subsp. capitata. Broken line on circumpolar map indicates range of other subspecies.
Hultén's Flora About

This is a digital representation of Eric Hultén’s ‘Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories: A Manual of the Vascular Plants’, which was published by Stanford University Press in 1968. The book was digitized by C. Webb (at UAMN) as part of the Flora of Alaska project, with funding by the US NSF (Grant 1759964 to Ickert-Bond & Webb), and with permission of Stanford University Press. Data and images © 1968 Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr. Univ. Usage licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. NB: You may find OCR errors; please refer to the hard-copy if in doubt.