Gentianopsis species

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Scientific Name Gentianopsis barbellata USDA PLANTS Symbol GEBA2
Common Name Perennial Fringed Gentian ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 30079
Family Gentianaceae (Gentian) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8600 to 13000 ft.); moist soils in grassy slopes, meadows and rocky areas.
Plant: Perennial 2 to 6 inches tall; erect, leafy stem.
Leaves: Thick, oblanceolate to narrowlyovate leaves; basal leaves up to 3 inches long and petiolate, stem leaves up to 1-1/2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Small tubular flowers, solitary or paired, each sessile or on short pedicels with a pair of sessile leaf-like bracts; flowers with twisted purple to lavender 4-lobed corollas, each lobe 3/4 to 1 inch long with fringed edges; pale green calyx tube below corolla.
Bloom Period: August and September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Gentianopsis thermalis (Gentianopsis detonsa var. elegans) USDA PLANTS Symbol GETH
Common Name Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 30090
Family Gentianaceae (Gentian) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine (7500 to 12500); moist areas in meadows, bogs, along streams.
Plant: Erect annual or biennial with several smooth stems, usually branched, up to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves oblanceolate to spatulate, 3/4 to 2-1/2 inches long; stem leaves sessile, opposite, lanceolate, oblong or linear, up to 2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Single tubular flowers on pedicles up to 12 inches long; flowers up to 2-1/2 inches long with deep blue to purple corolla, 4 fringed lobes that close at night and on cloudy days; green calyx tube below with pointed lobes about 1 inch long and prominent purplish mid-vein.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard Scott, and Montana Field Guide.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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