perennial fringed gentian, more...
[Gentiana barbellata Engelm., more]
Plant: perennial herb; 5-17 cm tall, spreading by rhizomes Leaves: basal leaves to 8.5 cm long, oblanceolate, long-petioled; cauline leaves 1-2 pairs, reduced, oblanceolate to linear, sessile Flowers: terminal, solitary or paired, rarely 3, each sessile or short pedicellate and subtended by a pair of sessile leaf-like bracts; calyx tube 0.7-1.2 cm long; calyx lobes 0.5-1 cm long, equaling or slightly shorter than the tube, triangular with attenuate apex; corolla blue, the lobes 1.6-2.7 cm long, spatulate with fimbriate sides and entire to erose-dentate apices, the tube 1.2-1.8 cm long Fruit: SEEDS elliptic to cylindric, densely papillate Misc: Wet rocky areas, meadows and open woods; 2650-3650 m (8700-12000 ft); Sep-Oct REFERENCES: Mason, Charles T. 1998 Gentianaceae. J. Ariz. - Nev. Acad. Sci. 30(2): 84.