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Ipomopsis ramosa

Ipomopsis ramosa

Ipomopsis ramosa (Coral Ipomopsis)
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Montane. Woodlands, meadows, openings. Summer, fall.
Roaring Fork Road, June 29, 2006.

The top photograph above shows the beginning of the Roaring Fork Canyon with the road on the left and the Roaring Fork Creek on the right. The type specimens of Ipomopsis ramosa were taken from the embankment immediately above the road on terrain that looked like the second photograph above.

Over the next five miles of the road, rising from 8,200' to 9,200', there are several thousand Ipomopsis ramosa plants growing.

Ipomopsis

Ipomopsis ramosa (Coral Ipomopsis)
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Montane. Woodlands, meadows, openings. Summer, fall.
Wildcat Canyon Trail, July 15, 2011.

Although Ipomopsis ramosa typically grows on open soils in scattered groupings, it does occasionally, as shown here, grow with other plants in tighter groupings.

Ipomopsis
Ipomopsis ramosa (Coral Ipomopsis)
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Montane. Woodlands, meadows, openings. Summer, fall.
Wildcat Canyon Trail, July 15, 2011.

This is the typical habitat for Ipomopsis ramosa in the Wildcat Canyon.  This is a telephoto shot so it is not possible to see the many dozen Ipomopsis ramosa n the hillside near the Spruce, especially in the open dirt areas.

Ipomopsis ramosa

A rare albino adds to the allure of Ipomopsis ramosa.