|Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon)
|Date Taken: 2007-07-25|
|Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753|
|Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1500 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-07-30 20:26|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is a close-up of the many purple flowers dotting Elk Meadows on Mount Hood. I previously posted a photo of the whole field with the mountain view and wanted to show the flower's details.|
I believe these are Alpine Asters, of which 3 varieties grow in our area.
Variety alpigenus may be found in the Olympic and Cascade Mts. south to about latitude 44 degrees in Deschutes County in Oregon. It is also found in the Wallowa Mts. of northeastern Oregon as wellas in the Olympic Mts of northwest Washington. The plants of this variety have are large and oblanceolate in shape, measuring up to 15 cm long and from 5-15 mm wide. The plants measure from 20-30 cm high.
Variety haydenii is found from the Wallowa and Blue Mts of northeastern Oregon and the Steens Mt. in southeastern Oregon east to the mountains of central idaho, western Montana, and western Wyoming. It is also found in Elko County, Nevada. The plants of this variety are smaller with stems occasionally up to 15 cm tall and smaller linear or linear-elliptic leaves up to 10 cm long and 3 mm wide.
Variety andersonii is found in the southern Cascade Mts of Oregon, south through the Sierra Nevada to the mountains of southern California. Its range extends westward to the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon. The plants of this variety are often robust in growth, having stems up to 40 cm high with leaves up to 25 cm long and 13 mm wide.
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