Washington Jacob'S-Ladder

(Polemonium pectinatum)



Polemonium pectinatum is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common names Washington Jacob's-ladder and Washington polemonium. It is endemic to the state of Washington in the United States, where it occurs in the Columbia Basin, including the Channeled Scablands and the Palouse.This perennial herb grows from a taproot, producing a cluster of stems up to 80 centimeters tall. The alternately arranged leaves are each made up of several linear-shaped leaflets up to 5 centimeters long. The hairy, glandular inflorescence is an open array of white or lavender flowers with five corolla lobes. Flowering occurs in May through July.This species occurs in riparian habitat and seasonally moist depressions and bottomlands.Other species in the habitat may include Crataegus douglasii, Amelanchier alnifolia, Elymus cinereus, Rosa woodsii, and Ribes aureum.There are about 26 occurrences of this species, divided into 6 or 7 populations. The plant's total distribution covers less than 2500 acres.Threats to the species include overgrazing, though it can tolerate some grazing activity, being adapted to disturbance. Land use conversion is a threat, for example, the conversion of the Palouse grasslands to agriculture. Other threats include alterations in hydrology, herbicides, and introduced species

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
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