Geum peckii Pursh - White Mountain Avens


 

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Geum peckii - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Rosaceae

Habitat

Damp alpine slopes and meadows in New Hampshire, coastal bogs in Nova Scotia.

Associates

 

Distribution

Restricted to the White Mountains of NH and two sites in Nova Scotia. Reports from VT and ME are apparently erroneous.

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial from a coarse rhizome; stems 14-40 cm, nearly smooth below, more hairy above; basal leaves with a rounded-reniform terminal leaflets 5-10 cm wide, shallowly 5-7-lobed, sharply and irregularly serrate, truncate to subcordate at the base, with 0-6 smaller, laciniate leaflets rarely over 1 cm long; cauline leaves similar to the lateral leaflets of the basal leaves; sepals triangular, twice as long as the bractlets; petals yellow, 0.8-1.5 cm, spreading; mature styles 8-10 mm, hairy about half their length.

Notes

Flowers July to August

Wetland indicator: OBL

A rare endemic species that is closely related to the morphologically indistinguishable G. radiatum Michx., an endemic of the southern Appalachian states of NC and TN.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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