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Hymenoxys hoopesii

Hymenoxys hoopesii

Hymenoxys hoopesii

Hymenoxys hoopesiiSynonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii. (Orange Sneezeweed)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Montane, subalpine, alpine. Meadows. Summer.
Kennebec Pass, June 29, 2018;
Colorado Trail above Hillside Road, August 4, 2014;
Colorado Trail above Roaring Fork, July 26, 2004; and
Trail to El Diente Peak, July 10, 2012.

In the top photo the 416 and Burro fires boom just above the golden blooms of Hymenoxys hoopesii. The day the photograph was taken the 416 fire grew 4,500 acres to 50,000 acres, making it one of the largest fires ever in Colorado.

The second photograph shows a typical gathering of Hymenoxys hoopesii in a high mountain meadow bordered by Picea engelmannii. The second and third photographs are dotted with Penstemon whipplei (dark purple), Senecio bigelovii (tight, spherical, yellow flower heads), Achillea millefolium (white Yarrow), Ligusticum porteri (white and tall), and Castilleja miniata (Red Paintbrush).

The very common Butterfly, Speyeria mormonia (Mormon Fritillary), loves to visit Hymenoxys hoopesii.

Hymenoxys hoopesiiSynonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii. (Orange Sneezeweed)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Montane, subalpine, alpine. Meadows. Summer.
Sneffels Highline Trail, August 4, 2004.

Thousands of Hymenoxys hoopesii and Delphinium barbeyi flow down a thousand foot long, soil-covered scree fan at 11,700 feet in upper Mill Creek Basin below Mount Sneffels.