Pedicularis species

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Scientific Name Pedicularis parryi ssp. parryi USDA PLANTS Symbol PEPAP4
Common Name Parry's Lousewort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 524417
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape), formerly Scrophulariaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine to alpine; mountain and alpine meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 24 inches tall; cluster of several reddish stems.
Leaves: Mostly basal leaves 1-1/4 to 6 inches long, pinnatfid (fern-like) with teeth along edges of the lanceolate lobes.
Inflorescence: A dense spike-like raceme 2 to 10 inches long of 5 to 50 flowers with pale yellow to white two-lipped corollas, the upper lip hooded and the lower lip with 3 lobes; green calyx with reddish-purple streaks and 5 pointed lobes; green bracts just below with 1 or 2 pairs of narrow linear lobes.
Bloom Period: July and August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, Flora of North America and SW Colorado Wildflowers.
Note: The plants here are thought to be ssp. parryi because of their location (above 12000 ft.), lack of stem leaves and entire bract margins (except for the lobes).
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Pedicularis racemosa ssp. alba USDA PLANTS Symbol PERAA
Common Name Parrot's Beak ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 524421
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape), formerly Scrophulariaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine (7200 to 13000 ft.); moist areas in conifer forests and meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial of usually several, clustered stems up to 6 to 20 inches tall, unbranched.
Leaves: Alternate, lanceolate to linear-oblong 1-1/2 to 3-1/4 inches long, often reddish with small teeth along edges.
Inflorescence: A loose raceme of pale yellow or creamy white blossoms; lower flowers sometimes arising from the leaf axils; flowers two-lipped, hooded upper lip twisted downward and the lower-lip 3-lobed; calyx deeply cleft below into 2 segments, each with a pointed tip.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, E-Flora BC and Burke Museum of Natural History.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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