Mt hood mock pussypaws
The Pacific states, the Great Basin and the northern Rocky Mountains
Gravelly or sandy places, between 5,000 and 14,000 feet
Thick, fleshy, spatulate, usually up to 2.5 inches long
Calyptridium umbellatum is quite a distinctive species; plants produce one or more small, basal rosettes of spatula-shaped leaves from which rise a single, purplish, leafless stem, topped by a dense, spherical cluster of several dozen pinkish-purple flowers. Leaves are usually around 2 inches long but can be up to 5 inches. Stems are leaning. Leaves and stems are hairless.
The small flowers have two round, white or pale pink sepals, four oblong petals, three stamens with yellow or red anthers, and a thread-like style with two stigmas. The petals and sepals are approximately equal in length. The flower cluster is between 2 and 3 inches in diameter.