Gentiana parryi

(Mountain Gentian)

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Gentiana parryi, County Line Trail, Grand Mesa NF, Delta Co. 0596

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Gentiana parryi, Breakneck Pass, Park Co. 3128

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Gentiana parryi, Mohawk Lakes, Summit Co. 7335

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Gentiana parryi, Boreas Pass, Summit Co. 2037

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Gentiana parryi, Pennsylvania Gulch, Summit Co. 7625

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Gentiana parryi, Pennsylvania Gulch, Summit Co. 7631

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Gentiana parryi, County Line Trail, Grand Mesa NF, Delta Co. 0573

Scientific Name Gentiana parryi (Pneumonanthe parryi) USDA PLANTS Symbol GEPA
Common Name Mountain Gentian, Parry's Gentian ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29980
Family Gentianaceae (Gentian) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and alpine (7500 to 13200); moist areas in meadows, along stream banks, bogs, thickets.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 14 inches tall; multiple, leafy stems.
Leaves: Smooth opposite stem leaves, ovate to lanceolate, 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long with pointed tips.
Inflorescence: Deep blue, barrel- or cup-shaped flowers opening during the day; 1 to 1-1/2 inches long and 1 inch across; 5 petals and 5 sepals fused together, light-colored, spotted throats, yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: July-September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, American Southwest and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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