Eriogonum racemosum

(Red-root Buckwheat)

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Eriogonum racemosum, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 3148

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Eriogonum racemosum, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 3160

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Eriogonum racemosum, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 3155

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Upper leaf surface, Eriogonum racemosum, Curecanti Needle Overlook, Gunnison Co. 8300

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Lower leaf surface, Eriogonum racemosum, Curecanti Needle Overlook, Gunnison Co. 8302

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Eriogonum racemosum, FR 503, Uncompahgre Plateau, Montrose Co. 3158

Scientific Name Eriogonum racemosum USDA PLANTS Symbol ERRA3
Common Name Red-root Buckwheat ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 21230
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to montane (6000 to 10500 ft); dry, sandy or gravelly soils on flats and slopes, grass meadows, sagebrush areas and woodlands.
Plant: Erect perennial with one or more leafless, somewhat hairy, flowering stems 6 to 40 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves ovate to elliptic to orbicular on petioles 1-1/4 to 4 inches long; lower surfaces grayish, with fine hairs; upper surfaces green, somewhat hairy to smooth; 5/8 to 2-3/8 inches long and 3/8 to 2 inches wide.
Inflorescence: Clusters of several to many white flowers in long racemes on short peduncles; each flowers with 6 white to pinkish tepals with a darker lengthwise stripe down the middle; protruding white filaments and pink anthers at the center; 3 triangular bracts underneath.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, American Southwest and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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