Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Chiricahua Dwarf Gentian.
Gentian (Gentianaceae) family.
Plant: annual herb; 5-50 cm tall. STEMS rectangular, branched. Leaves: basal leaves oblanceolate, petiolate, soon withering; cauline leaves ovate, somewhat clasping, 3-5 cm long gradually reduced above. INFLORESCENCE: compound umbellate cymes. Flowers: 4-parted, calyx 2-3 mm long, the lobes 1.5-2 mm long, the tube 0.5-1 mm long; corolla white or pale lavender, tubular, 8-11 mm long, the lobes ca. equaling the tube, the coronal hairs absent; stamens slightly exserted; pistil sessile or short stipitate, cylindric or fusiform. Fruit: a capsule usually slightly exceeding the marcescent corolla. SEEDS smooth to papillose, globose to slightly flattened. Misc: Moist areas along streams or ponds and in pine-oak forests, abundant in burned areas; 1600-2450 m (5200-8000 ft); Aug-Oct.
Santa Catalina Mountains.
Location: Beside trail about 0.5 mile from trailhead.
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