|Scientific Name||Chamerion latifolium||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CHLA13|
|Common Name||Alpine Fireweed, Dwarf Fireweed||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||510758|
|Family||Onagraceae (Evening Primrose)||SEINet
|Description|| Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (7500 to 13000 ft.); gravelly or rocky soils in forests and meadows.
Plant: Erect, multi-stemmed perennial, 4 to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Grey-green, Lanceolate to elliptic, 5/8 to 3-1/4 inches long; alternate, sessile or nearly so; smooth surfaces; smooth or minutely-toothed edges; undersurface with prominent central vein, but not lateral veins.
Inflorescence: Terminal racemes of a few pink or magenta flowers, each about 1 to 1-3/4 inches across with 4 petals and 4 narrower, pointed sepals beneath of a similar color; prominent protruding stamens (8) with dark anthers and white 4-lobed stigma that is shorter than the stamens; inconspicuous bracts are not leafy.
Bloom Period: July to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and American Southwest.
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