Lewisia pygmaea

(Pygmy Bitterroot)

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Lewisia pygmaea, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 0444

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Lewisia pygmaea, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7717

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Lewisia pygmaea, North Swan River Valley, Summit Co. 2026

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Lewisia pygmaea, North Swan River Valley, Summit Co. 1939

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Lewisia pygmaea, North Swan River Valley, Summit Co. 1944

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Lewisia pygmaea, North Swan River, Summit Co. 4956

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Lewisia pygmaea, Hwy 131 near Toponas, Grand Co. 0011

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Leaves, Lewisia pygmaea, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7423

Scientific Name Lewisia pygmaea USDA PLANTS Symbol LEPY2
Common Name Pygmy Bitterroot ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20486
Family Montiaceae (Miner's Lettuce) formerly Portulacaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (7200 to 14000 ft); meadows and forest openings.
Plant: Short perennial 1/2 to 4-3/4 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal, slender, fleshy linear to linear-oblanceolate, 3/4 to 3 inches long.
Inflorescence: Single or tight clusters of 2 to 4 flowers, 3/4-inch across or less; 5 to 9 petals, narrowly oblong, elliptic, or oblanceolate, pink-to-magenta or white and greenish near base; 5 to 8 stamens and 3-6 stigma.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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