|Scientific Name||Gentiana prostrata (Chondrophylla prostrata)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||GEPR3|
|Common Name||Pygmy Gentian, Moss Gentian||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||29983|
Life zones and habitat: Alpine (11300 to 14000 ft.); meadows, grassy slopes, ridges, around ponds and bogs.
Plant: Inconspicuous annual or biennial from 1 to 4-3/4 inches tall; slender, weak, leafy stems.
Leaves: Smooth, overlapping, opposite, spatulate-obovate to broad-oblanceolate leaves, 1/4-inch long or less hugging the stem; may have whitish margins.
Inflorescence: Tiny, solitary, terminal blossoms 3/4-inch long; green calyx tube below 4 blue, pointed corolla lobes joined by pleats opening during the day.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, Jepson Herbarium and Montana Field Guide
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