Plant: annual herb; 1.5-18(-26) cm tall Leaves: mostly basal, rarely cauline at 1-3 nodes, 2-15 mm long, sessile or short petioled, lanceolate to oblanceolate INFLORESCENCE: flowers solitary Flowers: 4-parted solitary, terminal on pedicels 0.5-10 cm long; calyx lobes 4-7 mm long, lanceolate, the tube obsolete; corolla blue, tubular, 5-13 mm long, the lobes ca. 1/3 the corolla length, the coronal hairs united below forming 2 fimbriated scales at the base of each corolla lobe; pistil sessile, ovary fusiform Fruit: a capsule usually slightly exceeding the marcescent corolla. SEEDS smooth to papillose, globose to slightly flattened Misc: Shallow soil among lava boulders; 3600-3650 m (11800-12000 ft); Aug-Sep REFERENCES: Mason, Charles T. 1998 Gentianaceae. J. Ariz. - Nev. Acad. Sci. 30(2): 84.