(Parrot’s Beak)

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Pedicularis racemosa var. alba, Gore Range Trail near Lost Lake, Summit Co. 1046

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Pedicularis racemosa var. alba, Gold Dust Trail, Park Co. 6875

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Pedicularis racemosa var. alba, Georgia Pass, Summit Co. 6127

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Pedicularis racemosa var. alba, Georgia Pass, Summit Co. 6145

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Pedicularis racemosa var. alba, Indiana Creek, Summit Co. 1731

Scientific Name Pedicularis racemosa ssp. alba USDA PLANTS Symbol PERAA
Common Name Parrot's Beak ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 524421
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape), formerly Scrophulariaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine (7200 to 13000 ft.); moist areas in conifer forests and meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial of usually several, clustered stems up to 6 to 20 inches tall, unbranched.
Leaves: Alternate, lanceolate to linear-oblong 1-1/2 to 3-1/4 inches long, often reddish with small teeth along edges.
Inflorescence: A loose raceme of pale yellow or creamy white blossoms; lower flowers sometimes arising from the leaf axils; flowers two-lipped, hooded upper lip twisted downward and the lower-lip 3-lobed; calyx deeply cleft below into 2 segments, each with a pointed tip.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, E-Flora BC and Burke Museum of Natural History.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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