Primula pauciflora

(Shootingstar)

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Primula pauciflora ssp. pauciflora, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 2257

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Primula pauciflora ssp. pauciflora, North Swan Valley, Summit Co. 5094

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Primula pauciflora ssp. pauciflora, North Swan Valley, Summit Co. 4798

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Primula pauciflora ssp. pauciflora, North Swan Valley, Summit Co. 4804

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Primula pauciflora ssp. pauciflora, Sheep Park, Park Co. 9925

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Leaves, Primula pauciflora ssp. pauciflora, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 2277

Scientific Name Primula pauciflora ssp. pauciflora
(Dodecatheon pulchellum ssp. pulchellum)
USDA PLANTS Symbol DOPU
Common Name Shootingstar, Dark-throat Shootingstar ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 836310
Family Primulaceae (Primrose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5900 to 12500 ft.); meadows, aspen and spruce forests.
Plant: Erect perennial with slender, leafless stems 4 to 26 inches tall.
Leaves: Upright basal leaves in a rosette, broadly oblanceolate to elliptic up to 14 inches long.
Inflorescence: Umbel of 2 to 15 downward-pointing bright pink/magenta flowers on arching pedicels; each about 1-1/2 inches long, with reflexed (bent-back) petals exposing a yellow-to-purplish tube of fused stamens forming a downward pointing beak.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel,and "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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