|Scientific Name||Bistorta vivipara (Polygonum viviparum)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||POVI3|
|Common Name||Alpine Bistort||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||823849|
|Family||Polygonaceae (Buckwheat)||Flora of North America Ref.||Click Here|
Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8500 to 14000 ft); exposed areas, moist meadows, streamsides, tundra.
Plant: Erect, slender perennial 3 to 14 inches tall.
Leaves: Mostly basal, with 2 to 4 alternate stem leaves; smooth surfaces and edges often rolled downward; basal leaves 1 to 3 inches long, linear to lanceolate or narrowly ovate; smaller stem leaves.
Inflorescence: Several small white to pinkish flowers 3/16-inch long with 4 to 6 tepals in a loose raceme 1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inches long; reddish-purple or brown bulblets along stem below.
Bloom Period: June to September.
Reference: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers and "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
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