I"ve been an amateur botanist since circa 1997 with a special interest in California native plants. A corollary passion of mine is birding and, like many fellow birders, I keep a Life List of all the bird species that I've observed in my lifetime. So I thought, why not also create a life list for plants I've seen in the field? In addition to California natives, I've also included a smaller list of plants that I've observed and photographed in their native habitats outside of the U.S.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Frasera tubulosa (Coville's Gentian)
7/2/16 Trail to Horseshoe Meadow, 10,000' elevation, Lone Pine Region,
Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, CA
Leaf: white-margined, curving down near tip; basal 2--9 cm, 3--10(15) mm wide, oblanceolate, tips mucronate; cauline whorled, distal linear-oblong, tips acute.
Inflorescence: elongate, +- continuous above; pedicels 2--25 mm.
Flower: calyx 6--11 mm; corolla 8--13 mm, bell-shaped, white to pale blue, veins darker blue, lobes elliptic-oblong to obovate, short-acuminate, ridge between stamens 0, nectary pit 1 per lobe, ovate, margins with vertical, oblong, basally tubular, distally fringed extensions.