Wildflower Independence Pass, Colorado

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  1. paalo

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    Looking through some old scanned slides of plants from a US trip in 2001, I was wondering about one species. This photo was taken at the Independence Pass in the Rockies (altitude above 12,000 feet), in Colorado in late July. I was thinking maybe an Arabis species? Any idea what species it may be?

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  2. tipularia

    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Gentianella?
     
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    Based on Old World impressions of Gentianella, I would suggest no. But I am far from any expert on North American Gentian species, so you might be correct. Which species do you suggest?
     
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    Could it be an onion (Allium) species?
     
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    What about Lewisia pygmaea?
     
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    Thanks, I think you might be correct.

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    Andrey Zharkikh Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, it's Lewisia pygmaea. Not easy to see from the photograph, but it has characteristic for Portulacaceae two-sepal flowers.
     
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    Thanks for the confimation!

    Cheers,
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