Aquilegia brevistyla


Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 24. 1829

EndemicSelected by author to be illustrated
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.
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Illustrator: John Myers
Stems 20-80 cm. Basal leaves 2×-ternately compound, 5-30 cm, much shorter than stems; leaflets green adaxially, to 12-44 mm, not viscid; primary petiolules 10-55 mm (leaflets not crowded), distally pilose or occasionally glabrous. Flowers nodding; sepals divergent from floral axis, blue, lanceolate or narrowly elliptic, 13-16 × 3-6 mm, apex acuminate or acute; petals: spurs blue, hooked, 5-10 mm, stout, evenly tapered from base, blades white or pale yellow, oblong, 7-10 × 3-6 mm; stamens 7-11 mm. Follicles 15-25 mm; beak 3-4 mm. 2n = 14, 16.

Phenology: Flowering summer (Jun–Aug).
Habitat: Open woods, meadows, shores, and rock outcrops
Elevation: 800-3500 m


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Alta., B.C., Man., N.W.T., Ont., Sask., Yukon, Alaska, Mont., S.Dak., Wyo.


Aquilegia brevistyla has been reported from Minnesota. All Minnesota material seen, however, has been misidentified.

The chromosome number in this species needs to be reinvestigated.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.