2022
Central Rockies

After a couple of years of dry spring and summer weather, 2022 has been a very welcome change, and the wildflowers in the mountains are happy again. We’ve added three new species to our site from the Central Rockies. More images will be added in the coming days as time permits. Please contact us with comments and if you see errors in identification.

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NEW! Allium brandegeei (Brandegeei's Onion) 3893
Common Name Brandegee's Onion
Scientific Name Allium brandegeei
Family Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis)
Date July 3, 2022
Location CR 12, Kebler Pass, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO 400
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Alyssum simplex (Wild Alyssum) 4025
Common Name Wild Alyssum
Scientific Name Alyssum simplex
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard)
Date July 4, 2022
Location FR 265, Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO 800
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Astragalus alpinus var. alpinus (Alpine Milkvetch) 3633/3648
Common Name Alpine Milkvetch
Scientific Name Astragalus alpinus var. alpinus
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
Date July 3, 2022
Location Cottonwood Pass Road, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture Focus stack of 16 images at f/5.6
Speed 1/640 sec.
ISO 800
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NEW! Astragalus miser var. oblongifolius (Timberline Milkvetch) 4054
Common Name Timber Milkvetch
Scientific Name Astragalus miser var. oblongifolius
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
Date July 4, 2022
Location FR265, Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO 800
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Boechera retrofracta (Reflexed Rockcress) 3256
Common Name Reflexed Rockcress
Scientific Name Boechera retrofracta
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard)
Date June 26, 2022
Location Frisco Peninsula, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/13
Speed 1/60 sec.
ISO 800
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Boechera retrofracta (Reflexed Rockcress) 3382
Common Name Reflexed Rockcress
Scientific Name Boechera retrofracta
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard)
Date June 27, 2022
Location Peaks Trail, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/30 sec.
ISO 800
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Cirsium eatonii (Eaton’s Thistle) 4761
Common Name Eaton's Thistle, Mountaintop Thistle
Scientific Name Cirsium eatonii
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Date July 21, 2022
Location Hoosier Ridge, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/1000 sec.
ISO 800
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Corallorhiza trifida (Yellow Coralroot) 3430
Common Name Yellow Coralroot
Scientific Name Corallorhiza trifida
Family Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Date June 27, 2022
Location Peaks Trail, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/20 sec.
ISO 800
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NEW! Corydalis caseana ssp. brandegeei (Fitweed) 3807
Common Name Fitweed, Sierra Fumewort
Scientific Name Corydalis caseana ssp. brandegeei
Family Papaveraceae (Poppy)
Date July 3, 2022
Location CR 12, Kebler Pass, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/11
Speed 1/500 sec.
ISO 400
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Descurainia incana (Mountain Tansey-mustard) 4816
Common Name Mountain Tansey-mustard
Scientific Name Descurainia incana
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard)
Date July 21, 2022
Location Hoosier Ridge, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/500 sec.
ISO 800
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NEW! Eriogonum umbellatum var. porteri (Porter’s Buckwheat) 3750
Common Name Porter's Buckwheat, Porter's Sulphur-flower
Scientific Name Eriogonum umbellatum var. porteri
Family Polygonaceae (Buckwheat)
Date July 3, 2022
Location CR 12, Kebler Pass, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/400 sec.
ISO 800
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NEW! Glycyrrhiza lepidota (Wild Licorice) 4061
Common Name Wild Licorice
Scientific Name Glycyrrhiza lepidota
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
Date July 4, 2022
Location FR265, Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/400 sec.
ISO 800
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Helianthella quinquenervis (Five-nerve Sunflower) 3848
Common Name Five-nerve Sunflower, Dwarf Nodding Sunflower, Five-nerve Helianthella
Scientific Name Helianthella quinquenervis
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Date July 3, 2022
Location CR 12, Kebler Pass, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/400 sec.
ISO 400
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NEW! Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum (Ballead Waterleaf) 3844
Common Name Ballhead Waterleaf
Scientific Name Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum
Family Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf)
Date July 3, 2022
Location CR 12, Kebler Pass, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/125 sec.
ISO 400
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Lathyrus laetivirens (Aspen Pea) 3784
Common Name Aspen Pea
Scientific Name Lathyrus laetivirens
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
Date July 3, 2022
Location CR 12, Kebler Pass, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/100 sec.
ISO 400
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Oenothera coronopifolia (Cut-leaf Evening Primrose) 3515
Common Name Cut-leaf Evening Primrose, Crownleaf Evening Primrose
Scientific Name Oenothera coronopifolia
Family Onagraceae (Evening Primrose)
Date July 3, 2022
Location Along Cottonwood Pass Road, Chaffee County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/160 sec.
ISO 400
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NEW! Picea englemannii var. engelmannii (Engelmann Spruce) 4724
Common Name Engelmann Spruce
Scientific Name Picea engelmannii var. engelmannii
Family Pinaceae (Pine)
Date July 21, 2022
Location Hoosier Ridge, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/640 sec.
ISO 1600
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NEW! Pinus aristata (Bristlecone Pine) 0114
Common Name Bristlecone Pine
Scientific Name Pinus aristata
Family Pinaceae (Pine)
Date August 4, 2022
Location Hoosier Pass, Park County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 70-180 mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length 180 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/500 sec.
ISO 800
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NEW! Pinus contorta var. latifolia (Lodgepole Pine) 3720
Common Name Lodgepole Pine
Scientific Name Pinus contorta var. latifolia
Family Pinaceae (Pine)
Date July 3, 2022
Location Cottonwood Pass Road, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/100 sec.
ISO 800
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Potentilla hippiana (Woolly Cinquefoil) 4000
Common Name Woolly Cinquefoil
Scientific Name Potentilla hippiana
Family Rosaceae (Rose)
Date July 4, 2022
Location Along FR265, Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/80 sec.
ISO 800
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Potentilla pulcherrima (Beautiful Cinquefoil) 3563
Common Name Beautiful Cinquefoil
Scientific Name Potentilla pulcherrima
Family Rosaceae (Rose)
Date July 3, 2022
Location Along Cottonwood Pass Road, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/40 sec.
ISO 200
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Potentilla rubricaulis (Rocky Mountain Cinquefoil) 4709
Common Name Rocky Mountain Cinquefoil, Red-stemmed Cinquefoil
Scientific Name Potentilla rubricaulis (Potentilla hookeriana)
Family Rosaceae (Rose)
Date July 21, 2022
Location Hoosier Ridge, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/40 sec.
ISO 1600
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Pyrola asarifolia ssp. asarifolia (Bog Wintergreen) 3439
Common Name Bog Wintergreen
Scientific Name Pyrola asarifolia ssp. asarifolia
Family Ericaceae (Heath)
Date June 27, 2022
Location Peaks Trail, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/8 sec.
ISO 800
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Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan) 3980
Common Name Black-eyed Susan
Scientific Name Rudbeckia hirta
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Date July 4, 2022
Location Along FR265, Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/100 sec.
ISO 800
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Solidago missouriensis (Smooth Goldenrod) 3924
Common Name Smooth Goldenrod, Prairie Goldenrod
Scientific Name Solidago missouriensis
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Date July 4, 2022
Location Along FR265, Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/30 sec.
ISO 400
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NEW! Trifolium hybridum (Alsike Clover) 3347
Common Name Alsike Clover
Scientific Name Trifolium hybridum
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
Date June 26, 2022
Location Frisco Peninsula, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/400 sec.
ISO 800
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Trifolium hybridum (Alsike Clover) 3681
Common Name Alsike Clover
Scientific Name Trifolium hybridum
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
Date July 3, 2022
Location Cottonwood Pass Road, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/320 sec.
ISO 800
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NEW! Trifolium repens (White Clover) 3678
Common Name White Clover
Scientific Name Trifolium repens
Family Fabaceae (Pea)
Date July 3, 2022
Location Cottonwood Pass Road, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/250 sec.
ISO 800
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NEW! Wyethia amplexicaulis (Mule’s Ears) 3735
Common Name Northern Mule's Ears
Scientific Name Wyethia amplexicaulis
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Date July 3, 2022
Location Kebler Pass, Gunnison County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/250 sec.
ISO 800
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Veronica wormskjoldii (Alpine Speedwell) 4791
Common Name Alpine Speedwell
Scientific Name Veronica wormskjoldii
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain)
Date July 21, 2022
Location Hoosier Ridge, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/30 sec.
ISO 200
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Viola renifolia (Kidney-leaf Violet) 3422
Common Name Kidney-leaf Violet
Scientific Name Viola renifolia
Family Violaceae (Violet)
Date June 27, 2022
Location Peaks Trail, Summit County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/16
Speed 1/6 sec.
ISO 800
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Yucca glauca (Great Plains Yucca) 3491
Common Name Graet Plains Yucca, Soapweed
Scientific Name Yucca Glauca
Family Asparagaceae (Asparagus)
Date July 3, 2022
Location Cottonwood Pass Road, Chaffee County
Camera Nikon D810
Lens Nikkor-Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Focal Length 105 mm
Aperture f/14
Speed 1/320 sec.
ISO 800

© Tom Lebsack 2022

Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County