(Arctic Gentian)

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Gentiana algida, Upper Crystal Lake, Summit Co. 7259/7275

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Gentiana algida, Upper Crystal Lake, Summit Co. 7479/7512

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Gentiana algida, Mohawk Lakes, Summit Co. 7353

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Gentiana algida, Peak Ten, Summit Co. 1814

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Gentiana algida, Lake Emma, Park Co. 4431

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Gentiana algida, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 1541

Scientific Name Gentiana algida USDA PLANTS Symbol GEAL2
Common Name Arctic Gentian, Whitish Gentian ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29966
Family Gentianaceae (Gentian) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (10000 to 14000 ft.); moist locations along stream banks, meadows and near ponds.
Plant: Short perennial, 2 to 6 inches tall, growing in clumps.
Leaves: Narrow, lanceolate in a basal rosette and opposite along the stem; blades 1-1/2 to 4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Somewhat inconspicuous, upward-pointing barrel-shaped flowers; corollas 1/2 to almost 2 inches long with 5 white pointed lobes with purple spots; outsides of tips with blue or purple streaks.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References:"Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and American Southwest.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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