Chionophila jamesii

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Scientific Name Chionophila jamesii USDA PLANTS Symbol CHJA
Common Name Rocky Mountain Snowlover ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 33511
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) formerly Scrophulariaceae University of Wyoming Ref. Click Here
Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine (11000 to 14000 ft.); wet tundra, near snow banks and in rocky areas.
Plant: Erect or leaning perennial 2 to 4 inches tall, may have purplish tinge along stem and inflorence.
Leaves: Basal and stem leaves, fleshy, lanceolate or spatulate, 1-1/2 inches long; stem leaves smaller and lineear.
Inflorescence: One-sided cluster of a few to several tubular, two-lipped flowers with wavy brown edges, 3/4-inch long with greenish-white calyx.
Bloom Period: July and August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G. K. Guennel, and Wyoming State Species Abstract by Walter Fertig.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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