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Yellow Columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha


Photo © by Michael Plagens

This beautiful plant was found blooming at a rare desert spring northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona.

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FLOWER: Large, bright yellow corolla with long spurs from base of each of five petals.

PERENNIAL HERB: Above ground entirely herbaceous from a perennial root stock.

LEAVES: Compound leaves with rounded segments.

RANGE: Uncommon in the Sonoran Desert. Found in moist, shady canyons in the vicinity of springy places mostly above 900 m elevation.

FRUIT: Several small ovaries grouped together - each ovary develops one seed inside a hardened casing.


Ranunculaceae -- Buttercup Family

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Yellow Columbine is fairly common in wet places, but then wet places are kind of rare in the desert. The plants are protected and should not be disturbed. Blooming mostly in spring, but in the photo on Oct. 27, 2002.

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