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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mrh - Jun 1, 2006 1:17 am - Voted 9/10

plant misidentification

This is not a lupine, its a larkspur (Delphinium sp.) Nice photo though.


Alpinist - Jun 1, 2006 3:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: plant misidentification

Thanks for the correction! I was not familiar with Larkspur and learned something new.


Kerstin - Jun 13, 2006 5:13 am - Hasn't voted

This is probably Delphinium polycladon?

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.


Alpinist - Jun 13, 2006 3:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: This is probably Delphinium polycladon?

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!

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