Caltha leptosepala

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Scientific Name Caltha leptosepala USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Marsh-marigold, White Marsh-marigold ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine. Bogs, marshes, soggy meadows, along ponds and streams and edges of snowfields.
Plant: Erect perennial, single, leafless stem to 8 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal, heart-shaped, thick, short-stalked, up to 3 inches long; smooth edges or somewhat toothed.
Inflorescence: One or two bowl-shaped flowers on each stem, 2/3 to 1-1/2 inches across with no petals but 8 to 10 white to yellowish sepals; center with many yellow, protruding stamens and pistils.
References: Decription adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status

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