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Aquilegia pubescens, Coville's Columbine

 
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Aquilegia pubescens, Coville\'s Columbine
This Columbine was located at the very top of Shepherd's Pass, at 12,008 feet (3660 meters)in the southern Sierra Nevada. July 27, 2007

Because of the pink-orange color of the spurs and petals, it's possible that this is a hybrid of Aquilegia pubescens and the red and yellow-flowered Aquilegia formosa that occurs at lower altitudes. The foliage, however, had the distinctive resiny smell of A. pubescens. Try rubbing the leaves sometime when you encounter this plant. To me the leaves smell like pine resin and rosemary combined.

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Kerstin this turned out awesome!!
You really captured it well..that shade of yellow is so gorgeous..It sure was special to see that on Shepherds..I was sure hoping we would still see the yellow Columbine's
So beautiful Thank you :)
Posted Aug 23, 2007 7:50 pm

KerstinThanks!

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Thank you, Anita. I still remember squatting over this plant and trying to get a shot--the wind made it difficult. I'm always surprised how such a delicate-looking plant grows at such high altitudes--and they're so big compared to other plants in the same area!
Posted Aug 23, 2007 10:51 pm

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KerstinSubmitted by Kerstin
on Aug 18, 2007 11:48 pm

Image ID: 325481
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Lat/Lon: 36.67255°N / 118.34507°W
Object Title: Aquilegia pubescens, Coville's Columbine

Image Type(s): Flora