(Fendler’s Meadowrue)

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Thalictrum fendleri, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co. 8815

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Thalictrum fendleri, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co. 5283

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Thalictrum fendleri, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5341

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Thalictrum fendleri, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4240

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Thalictrum fendleri, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co. 8773

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Thalictrum fendleri, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 8130

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Thalictrum fendleri, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co. 8782

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Thalictrum fendleri, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4256

Scientific Name Thalictrum fendleri (Thalictrum fendleri var. fendleri) USDA PLANTS Symbol THFE
Common Name Fendler's Meadowrue ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18670
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5500 to 12700 ft.); moist, shady areas in woodlands.
Plant: Perennial with mostly erect, often reclining stems branched from base, 12 to 24 inches tall, dioecious.
Leaves: Mostly stem leaves, compound, with short petioles, each with three leaflets about 3/4-inch across with overall orbicular to cordate shape and 3 deep lobes with crenate edges; somewhat similar to Columbine leaves.
Inflorescence: Small, easily overlooked flowers have (generally) four greenish petal-like sepals, no petals; staminate (male) flowers have 15-28 drooping, delicate stamens with thread-like filaments and yellow anthers; pistillate (female) flowers have 15-24 pistils.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and Jepson eFlora.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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