Gentian (5)

See also Parry's Gentian.

Gentianopsis thermalis (G. detonsa)

Fringed Gentian
Gentianopsis thermalis (G. detonsa)

Family: Gentian (Gentianaceae)
AKA: Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian
Photo taken on: July 22, 2007
Location: Lily Lake, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to alpine
Habitat: Wet meadows

Grows to 15" with a single 2" flower on a smooth stem. The four petals twist and fold over each other and are fringed on the outer edges.arrow

Gentianopsis thermalis (G. detonsa)

 

 

Fringed Gentian grows in vast colonies carpeting the meadows with purple. 

Photo taken on: August 1, 2007
Location: Lily Lake, GV, CO

Gentiana affinis

Explorer's Gentian
Gentiana affinis

Family: Gentian (Gentianaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: August 6, 2007
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Moist meadows

Grows to 12" with a maroon stem. The flower is similar to but narrower than the Parry Gentian

Gentianopsis barbellata

Twisted Gentian
Gentianopsis barbellata

Family: Gentian (Gentianaceae)
AKA: Perennial Fringed Gentian
Photo taken on: September 11, 2007
Location: West Maroon Pass, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Rocky, grassy slopes

Grows to 5" with long , thick spatula-shaped leaves. Flower petals are finely fringed all round.

Gentianopsis detonsa detonsa

Windmill Fringed Gentian
Gentianopsis detonsa detonsa

Family: Gentian (Gentianaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: August 25, 2007
Location: Lily Lake, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Wet meadows

Grows to 5" with a single 2" flower. Found growing in the same area as the Fringed Gentian, which had fruited.

Gentiana bigelovii

Pleated Gentian
Gentiana bigelovii

Family: Gentian (Gentianaceae)
AKA: Bottle Gentian
Photo from:  easterncoloradowildflowers.com
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Moist meadows and woods

Similar in size and foliage to Explorer's Gentian but the flowers have lighter blue pleated petals that do not open. Seen on September 5, 2010 in the Wet Mountains, Eastern CO, but I had no camera.

Blue/Purple Single Flowers