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GALLERIES > PLANTS AND TREES > YELLOW COLUMBINE [Aquilegia Flavescens]


Yellow Columbine Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Sawmill Canyon, AZ
Date: July 31, 2009
ID : 7C2V0731 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

General: erect perennial, 20-70 cm tall, freely branched, from simple to branched rootstocks. Stems hairless to short-hairy and glandular.

Leaves: mainly basal, reduced upward, the stalks, long, hairless to copiously short-hairy and more or less glandular. Stem leaves few, short-stalked. Leaf blades divided in 3's, the leaflets thin, wedge-shaped, 2-3 times shallowly to deeply lobed with rounded tips, usually with a bluish-white cast and short-hairy beneath, 15-55 mm long.

Flowers: pale yellow, nodding, usually several in loose clusters. Petals 5, yellow, rarely slightly pinkish, 6-13 mm long, each with a long, slender spur, which is nearly straight but somewhat curved inward, 10-15 mm long. Sepals yellow to whitish or pinkish, spreading, lanceolate to oblong- lanceolate, 15-25 mm long.

Flowering time: June-August.

Fruits: erect clusters of 5 slender pods (follicles), splitting open along the inner side, copiously glandular-short-hairy, about 2 cm long, the tips spreading.

Distribution: Moist mountain meadows or open woods to alpine slopes, in w. and c. parts of MT. Also from B.C. and Alberta to w. WY, CO, UT, and much of ID.



                                     



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