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Botrychium lanceolatum

Botrychium lanceolatum (Lance-leaf Moonwort)
Ophioglossaceae (Adder's Tongue Family)

Montane, subalpine. Meadows, disturbed areas. Summer.
Lizard Head Trail, August 2, 2011.

One must be very cautious in saying that any Botrychium is easy to identify, but perhaps that can be said of B. lanceolatum. The next photograph shows the very broadly triangular shape to all the green leafy part (the trophophore) of the plant.  That shape sets Botrychium lanceolatum apart from other Botrychium that we find in the Four Corners states.

Click for Don Farrar's page on B. pinnatum

Botrychium lanceolatum

Botrychium lanceolatum (Lance-leaf Moonwort)
Ophioglossaceae (Adder's Tongue Family)

Montane, subalpine. Meadows, disturbed areas. Summer.
Lizard Head Trail, August 2, 2011.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Species present in state and native
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Species present and not rare
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Botrychium lanceolatum

Range map for Botrychium lanceolatum