Mentzelia multiflora

(Adonis Blazingstar)

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Mentzelia multiflora, Great Sand Dunes National Park 9071

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Mentzelia multiflora, Great Sand Dunes National Park 9111

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Mentzelia multiflora, Great Sand Dunes National Park 9092

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Mentzelia multiflora, Great Sand Dunes National Park 8601

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Leaves, Mentzelia multiflora, Great Sand Dunes National Park 9114

Scientific Name Mentzelia multiflora USDA PLANTS Symbol MEMU3
Common Name Adonis Blazingstar ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503788
Family Loasaceae (Loasa) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to foothills (5000 to 9600 ft.); sunny, dry, gravelly areas.
Plant: Erect perennial 16 to 32 inches tall, branching, whitish stems.
Leaves: Narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, occasionally oblanceolate, hairy and sticky with deep lobes; basal leaves petiolate, stem leaves sessile and alternate.
Inflorescence: Blossoms opening in the afternoon about 2 inches across; many stamens with white filaments and yellow anthers, outer several whorls of stamens with broadened filaments; 10 light-yellow to cream-colored petals: 5 sepals below reflexed when open.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Flora of North America and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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