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Hydrophyllum fendleri
Hydrophyllum fendleri variety fendleri (Fendlerís Waterleaf)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)
formerly Hydrophyllaceae

Foothills, montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Lower Stoner Mesa Trail, May 26, 2004.

Protruding, pin-cushion-like stamens are characteristic of this genus.  But even these prominent protrusions are not enough to attract attention to Fendlerís Waterleaf, because it is most often buried in a mass of greenery in moist Aspen woods.  It is, however, very common and really quite easy to find and identify.  The plant tends to be broader than tall with flowers protruding just above the large, arching leaves which are divided into soft, serrated leaflets.

Linnaeus named this genus in 1753.  The species name honors Augustus Fendler (1813-1883), a respected 19th century collector of plants. Although he collected for just several seasons in the Southwest, he was the first scientific collector in certain areas and thus his collections were unique; they were also widely praised by the top botanists of the time.  Fendler collected this plant in 1846-47 in the mountains above Santa Fe.  (More biographical information about Fendler.)

Hydrophyllum fendleri

Hydrophyllum fendleri

Hydrophyllum fendleri variety fendleri (Fendlerís Waterleaf)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)
formerly Hydrophyllaceae

Foothills, montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Court House Trail above Owl Creek Pas, July 15, 2007.

Stamen filaments (the long, thin stems supporting the anther sacs) are most commonly white but range from white to lavender.

Hydrophyllum fendleri
Hydrophyllum fendleri variety fendleri (Fendler’s Waterleaf)
Boraginaceae (Forget-Me-Not Family)
formerly Hydrophyllaceae

Foothills, montane. Woodlands. Spring.
Burro Bridge Trail, July 6, 2007.

Flowers turn brown and hairy seeds develop.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Hydrophyllum fendleri