(Sharp-leaf Valerian)

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Valeriana acutiloba, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5800

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Valeriana acutiloba, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5797

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Valeriana acutiloba, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 1776

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Valeriana acutiloba, Shrine Ridge Trail, Eagle Co. 7063

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Stem leaves, Valeriana acutiloba, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 1783

Scientific Name Valeriana acutiloba var. acutiloba USDA PLANTS Symbol VAACA
Common Name Sharp-leaf Valerian ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 530770
Family Valerianaceae (Valerian) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine (7500 to 13000 ft.); moist areas in meadows and forest openings.
Plant: Erect, smooth perennial 6 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves on short stalks, undivided, obovate-spatulate to oblong or ovate up to 3 inches long; opposite stem leaves in 2 to 4 pairs, usually pinnately-lobed with small side lobes.
Inflorescence: Very small pinkish-white flowers about 1/4-inch across in small hemispherical clusters less than 2 inches across; each blossom with five lobes (or petals) and protruding stamens.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Montana Plant Life and "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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