Oreoxis alpina

(Tundra Alpine Parsley)

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Oreoxis alpina, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0786/0796

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Oreoxis alpina, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5505

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Oreoxis alpina, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5498

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Oreoxis alpina, Hoosier Pass, Summit Co. 5500

Scientific Name Oreoxis alpina (Cymopterus alpinus) USDA PLANTS Symbol ORAL
Common Name Tundra Alpine-parsley, Alpine Parsley ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29779
Family Apiaceae (Parsley) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9400 to 14000 ft.); meadows, rocky slopes, tundra.
Plant: Short perennial less than 4 inches tall; sideways-growing, leaf and flower stalks reddish near bases.
Leaves: Thick, compound basal leaves about 1 inch or less long, once or twice pinnately-divided into pointed, dark green leaflets that are linear or narrowly elliptic.
Inflorescence: Compact, compound umbel 3/8 to 3/4-inch across with many tiny yellow flowers fading to white with age.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers, American Southwest and University of Wyoming Species Abstract by Walter Fertig.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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