Swertia perennis

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Scientific Name Swertia perennis USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Star Gentian ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Gentianaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine. Wet areas, along streams, moist meadows and bogs.
Plant: Slender erect or leaning stem up to 18 inches tall, usually much shorter at elevation.
Leaves: Basal rosette, spatulate, up to 6 inches long, fleshy with long stalks; stem leaves opposite and smaller.
Inflorence: Clusters of star-shaped deep blue/purple, 5 petals with 5 narrow, pointed sepals between; 5 prominent protruding stamens.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status

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