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Gentianopsis thermalis

Gentianopsis thermalis

Gentianopsis thermalis
 
Gentianopsis thermalis.  Synonyms: Gentiana thermalis, Gentianopsis detonsa.  (Fringed Gentian)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Subalpine, alpine.  Meadows, wetlands.  Summer, fall.
Above: Fen of Bolam Pass, August 18, 2017 and Upper Rough Canyon Trail, August 8, 2017.
Left: Groundhog Kilpacker Trail, August 3, 2009.

Close-up photographs show the beauty of Gentianopsis thermalis, but often this beauty is hidden in lush wetlands, as the above photographs show. There are well over a hundred individual Gentianopsis thermalis plants in the photograph at the top of this page and at least 60 in the photograph immediately above.

Gentianopsis thermalis
 
Gentianopsis thermalis.  Synonyms: Gentiana thermalis, Gentianopsis detonsa.  (Fringed Gentian)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Subalpine, alpine.  Meadows, wetlands.  Summer, fall.
Groundhog Meadow Trail, July 31, 2004.

Gentianopsis thermalis
 
Gentianopsis thermalis.  Synonyms: Gentiana thermalis, Gentianopsis detonsa.  (Fringed Gentian)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Subalpine, alpine.  Meadows, wetlands.  Summer, fall.
Kilpacker Trail, August 29, 2005.

The flowers at left are just beginning to uncurl yet they are just several feet away from the drying and dying flowers below. One can enjoy the beauty of Gentianopsis thermalis for many weeks from late July well into September  --  sometimes even in the same location. 

Gentianopsis thermalis
Gentianopsis thermalis.  Synonyms: Gentiana thermalis, Gentianopsis detonsa.  (Fringed Gentian)
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Subalpine, alpine.  Meadows, wetlands.  Summer, fall.
Kilpacker Trail, August 29, 2005.

Even in its yellow, drying stages, Gentianopsis thermalis is lovely.