Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Gentian (Gentianaceae) family.
Plant: perennial herb; thick tap root and enlarged caudex. STEMS to 2.5 m tall, minutely puberulent. Leaves: in a basal rosette gradually reduced to whorled and opposite bracts upward, the basal leaves 15-45 cm long, 2.5-15 cm wide, oblanceolate, the long attenuated base narrowing into a winged petiole. INFLORESCENCE: a compound cyme. Flowers: 4-merous; sepals nearly distinct, linear-lanceolate, 15-17 mm long; petals 1.5-2 cm long, 5-8 mm wide, elliptic, white to greenish, usually with dark dots, the nectar pits 2, parallel, ca. 7 mm long, 1-3 mm wide, each outlined with hairs; a fringed corona 5-10 mm long at the base of the petals; pistil 6-20 mm long at anthesis. Fruit: to 4 cm long, the style persistent. SEEDS dark brown, flattened, somewhat rectangular, 4-6 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, with a very narrow wing. Misc: Conifer forests or wet meadows; 1500-2900 m (5000-9500 ft); May-Sep.
Santa Catalina Mountains.
Location: Beside trail.
Notes: Bear Wallow 6/7/17.
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