Minuartia obtusiloba

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Scientific Name Minuartia obtusiloba (Lidia obtusiloba) USDA PLANTS Symbol MIOB2
Common Name Alpine Sandwort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20008
Family Caryophyllaceae (Pink) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (10000 to 14000 ft.); sandy soils in disturbed areas, subalpine woodlands, talus slopes, tundra.
Plant: Short, mat-forming perennial 2 inches tall; slender, fuzzy stems.
Leaves: Opposite stem leaves about 1/4-inch long, needle-like.
Inflorescence: Small single, bell-shaped flowers, about 3/8-inch across, with 5 white petals with broad, indented tips and 5 green sepals with rounded (obtuse) tips; greenish centers.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet
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