Oxyria digyna

(Alpine Sorrel)


Oxyria digyna, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 2195


Oxyria digyna, Upper Crystal Lake, Summit Co. 7439/7448


Oxyria digyna, Lake Emma, Park Co. N2253


Oxyria digyna, Upper Crystal Lake, Summit Co. 7449

Scientific Name Oxyria digyna USDA PLANTS Symbol OXDI3
Common Name Alpine Sorrel, Mountain Sorrel ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20846
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (8200 to 14200 ft.); rock outcrops, talus slopes, seeps, often in areas of snow accumulation.
Plant: Erect perennial, 1 to 4 reddish stems 2 to 20 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal, fleshy kidney-shaped to orbicular, up to 2-1/2 inches on long petioles.
Inflorescence: Many very small flowers, 1/16-inch across, in a tight raceme or panicle with greenish perianth and reddish tepals.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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