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Alpine Shooting Star
Primulaceae
Dodecatheon alpinum


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Primulaceae Family

Dodecatheon Genus

Location

This wildflower is native to the southwestern United States where it grows in wet areas in mountains. This one was found in Utah.

Physical Description
This is a thick-rooted perennial with narrow, straight leaves around the base. It erects slim, tall stems which are dark in color and are topped with inflorescences of one or more showy flowers. Each flower nods with its mouth pointed to the ground when new, and becomes more erect with age. It has four reflexed sepals in shades of bright pink or lavender which lie back against the body of the flower. These may have bases of white or yellow which rim the corolla. From the corolla mouth protrude large black anthers and a thready stigma.


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Primulaceae
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Erica Order (Heathers)
Asteridae
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Eudicots
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General Information

It is partially aquatic, sometimes growing along the edges of bogs and in shallow, slow rivulets.
The stamens are thrust out with the sepals bent back. The flowers are pollinated by bees, which grab hold of the petals, and gather pollen by vibrating the flowers by buzzing their wings ('buzz pollination'). The vibration releases pollen from the anthers.



Alpine Shootingstar - Flower
Alpine Shootingstar - Flower - July 20, 2009



Alpine Shootingstar - Flower
Alpine Shootingstar - Flower - July 20, 2009

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