A dodecatheon but which one.

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  1. wrygrass2

    wrygrass2 Active Member 10 Years

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    Since you did so well with my last picture I thought I'd try for one more. This a plant I thought I knew what was, that is I thought it was Dodecatheon pulchellum ssp. cusickii, its white form. But after looking at the book Flora of the Pacific Northwest, I have had a few second thoughts. The main problem is the old seed head in the upper left corner of the picture of the entire plant. It resembles the picture of D. dentatum in C&H much more than it does the D. pulchellum. Was I wrong to second guess this?
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I think the leaves tell the story with this one. Dodecatheon dentatum has a slender petiole that is nearly twice the length of the lamina (the leaf). The plant in the photo has little obvious petiole and a lengthy lamina, so I think you were right with the white form of Dodecatheon pulchellum subsp. cusickii.
     
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    wrygrass2 Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks, it was one of those late nights when you are trying to get things together, and all of sudden you think, is that right? I was going to put it in a dvd wildflowers, etc. going to the family and thanks to you it will actually have the right name to it when I do.
     

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