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Frasera speciosa

Elk-weed, Frasera speciosa, photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in open, mature ponderosa forest in the Upper East Verde watershead just below the Mogollon Rim, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. August 2010.

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FLOWERS: Spectacular conical spike-cluster of flowers shoot up a meter to more than 2 meters from the forest floor. The flowers have 4 or 5 petals that are shades of white, green and violet.
whorled stem leaves of Elk-weed, Frasera speciosa, photo © by Mike Plagens
LEAVES: Leaves are all basal during the several years of vegetative growth. In flowering plants the upper leaves are smaller and set three per node.

PERENNIAL: An herbaceous plant regrowing for several years from a root stock and then dying after blooming once.

RANGE: Found in montane habitats through much of western North America. In Arizona it occurs along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains.

FRUIT: At maturity the capsules hold many seeds.

UNARMED. No spines.

Gentianaceae -- Gentian Family

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