Shooting Star with Lacewing

All identifications are subject to welcomed corrections. East side of Little Strawberry, next to where the scree and talus begins. I am aware of the blue fringe, it's on the neg, never happened before or since. July 3, 2003 Edited 7/25/07 to correct date.

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donhaller3

donhaller3 - Aug 1, 2007 1:58 am - Hasn't voted

Upon posting to the unidentified album

Shooting Star (Dodecatheon), my guess is Bonneville (D. Conjugens) although it was a little high (~7100 Ft.). D. alpinum apparently always has four petaled flowers, this has five. Although the leaves are more like alpinum, longish and relatively thin. All I can offer.

lisae

lisae - Aug 2, 2007 9:35 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Upon posting to the unidentified album

Looks like a shooting star to me, too.

donhaller3

donhaller3 - Aug 3, 2007 12:30 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Upon posting to the unidentified album

Yep, I think the only issue is the species. I was intrigues with the insect on the shooting star, which was why I took the picture. Thanks for looking.

mrh

mrh - Aug 10, 2007 5:21 pm - Hasn't voted

Shooting star

This is Jeffrey's shooting star (or tall mountain shooting star), Dodecatheon jeffreyi). In the higher elevations it is very similar to D. alpinum and some taxonomists treat D. alpinum as a high elevation variety of D. jeffreyi. Generally D. jeffreyi is a much larger, robust species, but in higher elevations these species clearly merge and can be hard to separate in some locales.

donhaller3

donhaller3 - Aug 13, 2007 1:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Shooting star


Thanks for the enlightenment.
The four versus five petals--is that an issue?

Some day I'm going to take a field botany course.

Thanks again.

Don

mrh

mrh - Aug 13, 2007 4:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Shooting star

Generally D. alpinum has 4 petals, and D. jeffreyi has 5. Its a "usually", but not an "absolute" character. Also in the upper elevations, as D. jeffreyi gets smaller in characteristics, it is more apt to have some plants with 4 petals.

donhaller3

donhaller3 - Aug 13, 2007 7:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Great!

All issues resolved! Thank you.

dmiki

dmiki - Oct 6, 2007 12:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great!

mrh, thank you for the identification! Don, if your are satisfied with the information received, please detach your picture from the Unidentified flora and fauna album within the next week so that the album remain 'fresh'. Thanks.

donhaller3

donhaller3 - Oct 7, 2007 3:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great!

Detached.

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