Gentianopsis thermalis (Kuntze) Iltis
Rocky Mountain Fringed Gentian, Western Fringed Gentian
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
Synonym(s): Gentiana detonsa var. unicaulis, Gentiana elegans, Gentiana thermalis, Gentianella detonsa ssp. elegans, Gentianella detonsa var. elegans, Gentianopsis detonsa var. elegans, Gentianopsis elegans
USDA Symbol: GETH
This genus differs from Gentiana by the absence of pleats between the corolla lobes. This species is sometimes combined with the more northerly G. detonsa into one large, very variable, wide-ranging species. This species was named "thermalis" after the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park where it is the park flower. The Tufted Gentian (G. holopetala), of the Sierra Nevada, the mountains of southern California, and extreme western Nevada, is also sometimes combined with G. detonsa; its petals are not fringed or only fringed slightly at the tips.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Across Canada, and south throughout most of the western mountains to eastern Nevada, Utah, and northern New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Meadows, bogs, and moist ground.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Gentianopsis thermalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gentianopsis thermalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gentianopsis thermalis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2017-10-13
Research By: TWC Staff