Friday, March 3, 2017

Kalmia polifolia (Bog Laurel, Mountain Laurel)

7/4/16 Rock Creek, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

 7/4/16 Rock Creek


COMMON NAME: Mountain Carpet Clover

SPECIES: Trifolium monanthum ssp. monanthum

FAMILY: Fabaceae (Pea Family)

LIFE LIST DATE: 7/4/2016

LOCATION: Rock Creek, Mosquito Flat, Eastern Sierra, Inyo National Forest, Mono County, CA


Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Plant 1--7 dm, mat-forming. 

Stem: ascending, glabrous or sparsely hairy, young stems with 2 edges. 

Leaf: 4--60 mm, 3--25 mm wide, linear to ovate or oblong, abaxially pale green to white, finely canescent. 

Inflorescence: bracts deciduous. 

Flower: corolla 7--11 mm, pink to rose-purple. 

Fruit: 4--5(7) mm wide. 

Ecology: Peat bogs, moist meadows, rock crevices; 

Elevation: 1000--3500 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: KR, NCoRO, CaRH, SNH, Wrn; 

Distribution Outside California: northern North America. 

Flowering Time: Jun--Aug 

Note: 2 subspecies previously recognized evidently based on variation caused directly by altitude. 

eFlora Treatment Author: Kathleen A. Kron

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