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Besseya alpina

Besseya alpina (A. Gray) Rydb.

Alpine Besseya

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Synthyris alpina


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A small pale plant, woolly in younger parts, bearing pale bluish-violet flowers in dense spikes with conspicuous bracts.

The several Besseya species have corollas varying from violet to yellow or white, or lacking entirely. The genus name honors the great American botanist Charles E. Bessey (1845-1915).


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: CO , NM , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Wyoming south to Utah and New Mexico.
Native Habitat: High cold meadows and tundra.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.1 - Congress Eyes Larger Issue, Research Update, Director's Report, Carlton B. Lees ...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Besseya alpina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Besseya alpina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Besseya alpina


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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