Eremogone congesta

(Ballhead Sandwort)

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Eremogone congesta, Curecanti Needle Overlook, Gunnison Co. 8247

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Eremogone congesta, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 3138

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Eremogone congesta, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 3135

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Eremogone congesta, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 3145

Scientific Name Eremogone congesta (Arenaria congesta) USDA PLANTS Symbol ERCO24
Common Name Ballhead Sandwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 512987
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (6800 to 12600 ft); sandy or rocky soils in drier areas of meadows or hillsides.
Plant: Grass-like clumping perennial with erect, smooth stems up to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Smooth, narrow, linear, opposite leaves along the stem, up to 5-1/2 inches long becoming shorter upward.
Inflorescence: A few to many white blossoms in congested clusters at the tops the the stems; 5 white petals, 5 green sepals and 5 protruding stamens with greenish-white anthers.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and American Southwest.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status
Native

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