Geum species

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Scientific Name Geum rivale USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Purple Avens, Water Avens ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet Reference
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Description Life zones and habitat: To subalpine. Moist locations in meadows, along stream banks, in bogs and near ponds.
Plant: Erect perennial, 16 to 24 inches tall, hairy stems.
Leaves: Compound basal leaves pinnately divided into 7 to 15 large leaflets; 3 at end larger and obovate, edges with sharp teeth; 2 to 5 alternate, lanceolate stem leaves, deeply lobed.
Inflorescence: Open cluster of 3 to 7 urn-shaped flowers, nodding as buds, more erect in bloom; reddish purple pointed sepals; 5 yellow to pink petals; 100 or more stamens.
References: Descr. adapted from
Colorado Status
Scientific Name Geum triflorum USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Prairie Smoke ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine; Meadows, streamsides, forest openings.
Plant: Erect perennial 6 to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal, hairy leaves, pinnately compound into oblong, irregularly lobed, fern-like segments, each segment up to 2 inches long; few small laciniate stem leaves.
Inflorescence: Cyme of nodding blossoms on peduncles; 5 pink, reflexed, narrow bractlets subtending blossom with 5 pink, hairy reflexed sepals that hide pinkish-yellow petals and many stamens; plume of hairy, pink styles at maturity.
References: Descr. adapted from "A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield" and SEINet.
Colorado Status

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