Pedicularis bracteosa var. paysoniana

(Payson's Lousewort)

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Pedicularis bracteosa var. paysoniana, FR 612, Lone Cone Area, San Miguel Co. 3508

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Pedicularis bracteosa var. paysoniana, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7753

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Pedicularis bracteosa var. paysoniana, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 6779

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Pedicularis bracteosa var. paysoniana, FR 612, Lone Cone Area, San Miguel Co. 3408

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Pedicularis bracteosa var. paysoniana, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 6948

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Pedicularis bracteosa var. paysoniana, FR 612, Lone Cone Area, San Miguel Co. 3511

Scientific Name Pedicularis bracteosa var. paysoniana USDA PLANTS Symbol PEBRP2
Common Name Payson's Lousewort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 529438
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8000 to 12500); moist areas in meadows, wood, and along streams.
Plant: Erect perennial 12 to 40 inches tall; one to few stems.
Leaves: Fern-like basal and stem leaves pinnately-compound; segments often doubly-serrate to deeply incised.
Inflorescence: Many yellow or cream-colored blossoms in dense spike-like raceme 2 to 6 inches long; each corolla about 1 inch long with two lips, the helmet-like upper is arched or hooded and the lower, smaller lip has three lobes; calyx covered with pubescent hairs; leaf-like bracts project from among the flowers.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, "The Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard W. Scott, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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