Oreoxis alpina

(Tundra Alpine Parsley)


Oreoxis alpina, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0786/0796


Oreoxis alpina, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5505


Oreoxis alpina, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5498


Oreoxis alpina, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5500

Scientific Name Oreoxis alpina (Cymopterus alpinus) USDA PLANTS Symbol ORAL
Common Name Tundra Alpine-parsley, Alpine Parsley ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29779
Family Apiaceae (Parsley) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9400 to 14000 ft.); meadows, rocky slopes, tundra.
Plant: Short perennial less than 4 inches tall; sideways-growing, leaf and flower stalks reddish near bases.
Leaves: Thick, compound basal leaves about 1 inch or less long, once or twice pinnately-divided into pointed, dark green leaflets that are linear or narrowly elliptic.
Inflorescence: Compact, compound umbel 3/8 to 3/4-inch across with many tiny yellow flowers fading to white with age.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and American Southwest.
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