Eriogonum species

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Scientific Name Eriogonum flavum USDA PLANTS Symbol
ERFL4
Common Name Alpine Golden Buckwheat ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
21134
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) SEINe
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine; gravelly, rocky areas, tundra.
Plant: Mat-forming, short perennial with stout hairy stems up to 3 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal, narrowly-oblong to spatulate leaves, 3/8 to 2-3/4 inches long and 3/8 to 5/8-inch wide, covered with fine hairs.
Inflorescence: Tiny golden yellow flowers in umbels, each less than 1/4-inch across, subtended by several leafy bracts.
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References: "Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard Scott and Flora of North America.
BONAP Distribution Map Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Eriogonum umbellatum var. umbellatum USDA PLANTS Symbol
ERUMU2
Common Name Sulfur-flower Buckwheat ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
195595
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5500 to 10000 ft); dry slopes, sagebush meadows, forests.
Plant: Mat-forming perennial with erect stems up to to 10 inches tall; stems hairy and leafless.
Leaves: Basal rosettes of oblong-ovate to lanceolate leaves, densely covered with fine hairs beneath, smooth upper; up to 1-5/8 inches long.
Inflorescence: Clusters of tiny red-tinted buds becoming bright yellow flowers, each less than 1/4-inch across forming large umbels with a single whorl of leafy bracts just below.
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References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and www.swcoloradowildflowers.com.
BONAP Distribution Map Colorado Status:
Native

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