Sierra Columbine

Great wildflower year here in the Sierra. Recently I’ve been working Eastside canyons in particular to hunt down sierra Columbines. The Sierra Nevada have two prominent Columbines; the Crimson columbine (Aquilegia formosa) and the Alpine or Sierra Columbine (Aquilegia pubescens). The Crimson is the common red columbine seen at lower elevations. The latter has larger, all cream to yellow flowers with longer, more delicate spurs. Flowers are erect, not nodding, and the form is similar to the Colorado columbine (Aquilegia coerulea). The Sierra Columbine is native to the central Sierra Nevada, at middle to high elevations. When the Sierra and Crimson grow in close proximity, the result can show in a rainbow of color morphs.

Advertisements

~ by dittli on August 3, 2010.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: