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Diapensia lapponica L. var. obovata F. Schmidt
pincushion plant

General Information
Symbol: DILAO2
Group: Dicot
Family: Diapensiaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Subshrub
Native Status: AK   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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©Mark W. Skinner. United States, AK, Denali National Park, near North Face Lodge. August 18, 1990. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
DILAO Diapensia lapponica L. ssp. obovata (F. Schmidt) Hultén
DILAR2 Diapensia lapponica L. var. rosea Hultén
DIOB2 Diapensia obovata (F. Schmidt) Nakai


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Diapensiales
Family Diapensiaceae – Diapensia family
Genus Diapensia L. – diapensia
Species Diapensia lapponica L. – pincushion plant
Variety Diapensia lapponica L. var. obovata F. Schmidt – pincushion plant

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Lapland diapensia
Special Concern
New Hampshire
Lapland diapensia
New York



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

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