Kalmia microphylla

(Alpine Laurel)

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Kalmia microphylla, Pass Lake, Loveland Pass, Summit Co. 7797

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Kalmia microphylla, Pass Lake, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 6825

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Kalmia microphylla, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 7067

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Kalmia microphylla, Pass Lake, Loveland Pass, Summit Co. 7772

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Kalmia microphylla, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Boulder Co. 6289

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Kalmia microphylla, Ice Lake, Clear Creek Co. 5525

Scientific Name Kalmia microphylla USDA PLANTS Symbol KAMI
Common Name Alpine Laurel ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 23678
Family Ericaceae (Heath) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9500 to 12500 ft.); around lakes, streams and in moist meadows.
Plant: Low spreading to erect shrub up 30 inches tall.
Leaves: Opposite, evergreen, leathery ovate to oval, elliptic or lanceolate leaves, dark green above, white and hairy beneath.
Inflorescence: Solitary or loose clusters of showy pink cup-shaped flowers 3/4-inch across, 5 petals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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