Ontario’s only population of branched bartonia is found in Parry Sound and Muskoka of which there are 7 known sites. Total number of plants is likely between 500 to 1000.
- Spindly plant that is easily overlooked ~40 cm tall but tends to appear shorter since it often grows in sphagnum.
- Tiny white flowers.
- May gain some nutrients from soil fungi.
- Found in peat soils in sphagnum bogs, fens, and low shrub bogs, where trees such as Tamarack and Black Spruce grow.
- Populations are isolated and only one is located on crown land (conservation reserve)
- Invasive shrubs such as black buckthorn.
- Bog and fen habitat is important for this plant and other species like the endangered spotted turtle. Support efforts to help maintain these types of wetlands.