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Mertensia longiflora
long-flowered bluebells, trumpet bluebells, long-flowered lungwort
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Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Montana and Nevada.

Habitat: Drier areas from low elevation sagebrush deserts to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Mostly glabrous perennial from a shallow, tuberous-thickened root, the few stems 0.5-2.5 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Basal leaves often none, with a petiolate, broadly elliptic blade when present; cauline leaves few, the lowermost strongly reduced, the others well-developed, sessile, 2-6 cm. long and 0.5-3 cm. wide, 1.5 to 4 times as long as wide.

Flowers:

Inflorescence congested, many-flowered, terminal; calyx cleft to the middle; corolla blue, 5-lobed, 1.5-2.5 cm. long, the tube 2 to 3 times as long as the limb; filaments broad, longer than the anthers; style equaling the corolla lobes; nutlets attached to the lower half of the style; hairy appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube.

Fruits:

4 nutlets

Accepted Name:
Mertensia longiflora Greene
Publication: Pittonia 3(18A): 261. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Mertensia longiflora in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Mertensia longiflora checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Mertensia longiflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Mertensia longiflora photos.

USDA Plants: Mertensia longiflora information.

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