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Hymenoxys hoopesii

Hymenoxys hoopesii

Hymenoxys hoopesiiSynonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii. (Orange Sneezeweed)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Montane, subalpine, alpine. Meadows. Summer.
Colorado Trail above Hillside Road, August 4, 2014;
Colorado Trail above Roaring Fork, July 26, 2004; and
Trail to El Diente Peak, July 10, 2012.

The top photos shows a typical gathering of Hymenoxys hoopesii in a high mountain meadow, here bordered by Picea engelmannii and dotted with Penstemon whipplei (the dark purple in lower center and several other places), Senecio bigelovii (the tight, spherical flower heads just to the left of the Penstemon and also dotting the entire meadow), Achillea millefolium (white Yarrow), Ligusticum porteri (white and tall at the back right), and Castilleja miniata (Red Paintbrush in the back middle).

The very common Speyeria mormonia (Mormon Fritillary) loves to visit Hymenoxys hoopesii.

Hymenoxys hoopesiiSynonyms: Dugaldia hoopesii, Helenium hoopesii. (Orange Sneezeweed)
Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)

Montane, subalpine, alpine. Meadows. Summer.
Sneffels Highline Trail, August 4, 2004.

Thousands of Hymenoxys hoopesii and Delphinium barbeyi flow down a thousand foot long soil-covered scree fan at 11,700 feet in upper Mill Creek Basin below Mount Sneffels.