Gentianella amarella

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Scientific Name Gentianella amarella ssp. acuta (and/or ssp. heterosepala) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Autumn Dwarf Gentian, Dwarf Gentian, Little Gentian ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Gentianaceae (Gentian) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine; shady, moist areas in forests and along stream banks, willow thickets.
Plant: Annual 10 to 15 inches tall; slender, leafy stem.
Leaves: Opposite, oblong, sessile, and up to 1-1/2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Clusters of very small tubular flowers, about 1/4-inch across, with a pink to lavender 5-lobed corolla and fringe surrounding the center.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Notes: It is possible that some of these images are of the very similar subspecies heterosepala. It does not occur in Summit County, according to USDA Plants, but is found in the surrounding counties.
Colorado Status

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