Senecio amplectens var. amplectens

(Showy Alpine Ragwort)

_DSC1056%20copy

Senecio amplectens var. amplectens, McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 6413

_DSC1056%20copy

Senecio amplectens var. amplectens, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 5285

_DSC1056%20copy

Senecio amplectens var. amplectens, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 5283

_DSC1056%20copy

Leaves, Senecio amplectens var. amplectens, McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 6406

Scientific Name Senecio amplectens var. amplectens USDA PLANTS Symbol SEAMA
Common Name Showy Alpine Ragwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 530298
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
Reference
Click Here
Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8500 to 14400 ft.); forest openings, rocky areas, talus slopes.
Plant: Erect perennial 16 to 24 inches tall, stout, hairless stems, single or in clusters.
Leaves: Large basal and stem leaves, lanceolate to oblanceolate, up to 8 inches long, may be purplish-tinged; basal leaves with long petioles, stem leaves without; edges may have irregular teeth.
Inflorescence: Large composite flower heads up to 3 inches across in clusters of 1 to 5 nodding heads. About 13 narrow, yellow rays, darker yellow-to-brown florets in dome-shaped disk; pointed phyllaries with a few black hairs, sometimes green but usually dark and often with dark tips.
Bloom Period: July and August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and American Southwest
BONAP Distribution Map


Map Color Key
Colorado Status:
Native

© Tom Lebsack 2022

Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County