Monday, January 18, 2016

Aquilegia formosa (Western Columbine)

 7/10/07 Rock Creek, Little Lakes/Mosquito Flat Trailhead, 
Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

7/10/07 Rock Creek

 7/3/16 North Lake, Bishop region, Inyo National Forest, 
Eastern Sierra, Inyo County, CA
7/4/16 Seep off Rock Creek Road, Inyo National Forest, 
Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

 7/7/07 Meadow off Hwy. 108W just west of Sonora Pass Historical Marker, 
elevation 9,624,' Stanislaus National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Mono County, CA

 7/1/05 Roadside seep across meadow before South Lake, Bishop Region,
Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Inyo County, CA

 8/15/11 Onion Valley, Independence Region, 
Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Inyo County, CA

4/29/00 Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Los Angeles County, CA 


COMMON NAME: Western Columbine

SPECIES: Aquilegia formosa

FAMILY: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


LOCATION: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Los Angeles County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Plant 20–80(150) cm

Leaves: basal and lower cauline 2–3-ternate, petioles 5–30(40) cm, segments 7–45(130) mm; upper cauline generally simple to deeply 3-lobed

Inflorescence: flower nodding, in fruit erect

Flower: sepals 12–20(25) mm, red; petal blade 1–8 mm, yellow, spur (4)10–23 mm, ± straight to ± incurved, tube red, tip 1.5–4 mm wide, mouth 4–8 mm wide, ± round, ± 90° to flower axis, red to yellowish; stamens 10–18 mm

Ecology: Streambanks, seeps, moist places, chaparral, oak woodland, mixed-evergreen or coniferous forestElevation: < 3300 m.  

Bioregional distribution: California Floristic Province (except Great Central Valley, South Coast, Channel Islands), Great Basin Floristic Province, Desert Mountains 

Distribution outside California: to Alaska, Montana, Baja California

Flowering time: Jul

Synonyms: vars. hypolasia (Greene) Munz, pauciflora (Greene) H.S. Boothman, truncata (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Baker; forma anomala J.T. Howell 

Lf variation needs study; plants with pale green to glaucous, generally 3-ternate leaves (DMtns), have been called  A. shockleyi Eastw

Horticultural information: IRR, DRN: 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, 24 &SHD: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

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