Alpine Shooting Star 2010

Yosemite National Park, Vogel Lake, August 2010

  • Dodecatheon alpinum (Gray) Greene
  • Alpine shootingstar
  • Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
  • USDA Symbol: DOAL
  • USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

A smooth stalk growing from a basal rosette of leaves and topped by an umbel of 1-9 pinkish-purple flowers, each resembling a small rocket.

There are about 10 western species of Dodecatheon with reddish-lavender corollas, two also with a large knob at the end of the style. Tall Mountain Shootingstar (D. jefferyi), found from the Alaskan mountains south to the southern Sierra Nevada and east to Idaho and Montana, has 4-5 corolla lobes and minute, glandular hairs on the leaves and flower cluster. Sticky Shootingstar (D. redolens), found from the mountains of Southern California east to Nevada and Utah, is densely covered with glandular hairs, and its corolla has five lobes; the tubular portion covers the base of the anthers.

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