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Yellow Columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha

Yellow Columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha, © by Michael Plagens

This beautiful plant was found blooming at a rare desert spring and sycamore gallery 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: Fairly common but local along moist stretches of sycamore woodlands. Also found in riparian situations flowing through ponderosa woods.

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


Ranunculaceae -- Buttercup Family

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