Pedicularis species

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Scientific Name Pedicularis groenlandica USDA PLANTS Symbol
PEGR2
Common Name Elephant Heads ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
33377
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) formerly Scrophulariaceae Wildflower Center
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine; moist areas in meadows, along streams and around ponds.
Plant: Erect perennial 8 to 20 inches feet tall, purplish stems.
Leaves: Small, narrow, fleshy, leaves 2-1/2 to 8 inches long with pinnatifid, narrow, toothed lobes.
Inflorescence: Dense spike 2 to 6 inches long of 2-lipped pink or purple flowers, upper lip resembling an elephant's head with trunk curving upward.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Schreier, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Pedicularis sudetica ssp. scopulorum USDA PLANTS Symbol
PESUS2
Common Name Alpine Lousewort ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
524427
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) formerly Scrophulariaceae Wildflower Center
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine; bogs, marshes, moist meadows and tundra.
Plant: Erect perennial less than 12 inches tall, multiple stems.
Leaves: Mostly basl, small, narrow, fleshy, leaves 1 to 3 inches long with pinnatifid, narrow, toothed lobes.
Inflorescence: Many 2-lipped rose-pink flowers in a hairy terminal raceme 1 to 2 inches long, upper lip curving downward, lower lip has 3 lobes.
References: Descr. adapted from "Common Wetland Plants of Colorado's Southern Rocky Mountains" by Denise Culver, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native


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