Toothcup

Rotala ramosior

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Status

Endangered (Federal)
Red List (Provincial)

Description

Toothcup is a smooth, upright plant that usually grows from 5 cm to 15 cm tall. Its leaves are oblong and 1 cm to 5 cm long. Groups of pinkish or white flowers can be found on this plant, and the plant produces numerous small seeds.

Habitat

Toothcup grows on fine textured soils on flats alongside ponds that dry into the autumn. The vegetation in these sites is low-growing and often sparse, and consists of a variety of herbs including species of spike-rush, awned cyperus and rayless alkali aster.

Threats

-Habitat destruction
-Invasive plants
-Livestock and recreational use

You Can Help!

-Keep the area free of invasive weeds
-Avoid trampling or driving over the plant and the surrounding habitat
-Learn more about this plant and its biology
-If you have livestock, install protective fencing around the plants

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