Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. apricum

(Alpine Leafy-bract Aster)

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. apricum, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 5372/5406

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. apricum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 8397

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. apricum, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 8420

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Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. apricum, Hoosier Pass, Park Co. 5236

Scientific Name Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. apricum (Aster foliaceus var. apricus) USDA PLANTS Symbol SYFO2
Common Name Alpine Leafybract Aster ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 541088
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine to alpine (10000 to 13800 ft.); slopes, meadows, along streams.
Plant: Erect perennial 2 to 8 inches tall, often purplish, hairy stems.
Leaves: Basal leaves oblanceolate and petiolate, usually withered by flowering; stem leaves ovate, lanceolate or oblanceolate and clasping.
Inflorescence: Showy flower heads 3/4 to 1-1/4 inches across with 15 to 60 rays, normally purple; large number of yellow disk florets; broad, almost leaf-like pointed phyllaries with purple edges and tips.
Bloom period: July to September.
References: SEINet and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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