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Mountain Marsh Larkspur
Mountain Marsh Larkspur (Delphinium Polycladon). Photo taken near Mary Lake in Northern Yosemite National Park, California in July 2005.


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mrhplant misidentification


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This is not a lupine, its a larkspur (Delphinium sp.) Nice photo though.
Posted Jun 1, 2006 1:17 am

AlpinistRe: plant misidentification


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Thanks for the correction! I was not familiar with Larkspur and learned something new.
Posted Jun 1, 2006 3:14 am

KerstinThis is probably Delphinium polycladon?


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Delphinium glaucum has huge, fat spikes of flowers up to nine feet tall. The stems at the base are as thick as a finger. Was the plant you photographed about three or four feet tall? Check out this link:


of Delphinium polycladon versus photos of Delphinium glaucum:


There is a great patch of D. polycladon just before First Lake on the North Fork of Big Pine Creek trail in the Palisades (Sierra Nevada). It's hard to miss if you're there in mid to late July.

Posted Jun 13, 2006 5:13 am

AlpinistRe: This is probably Delphinium polycladon?


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Thank you! I think you are right. It's not easy to identify flowers. There are subtle differences between some of the varieties! I appreciate the correction!
Posted Jun 13, 2006 3:26 pm

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AlpinistSubmitted by Alpinist
on May 29, 2006 3:46 pm

Image ID: 196889
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Lat/Lon: 38.14980°N / 119.5566°W
Object Title: Mountain Marsh Larkspur

Image Type(s): Flora