Aquilegia formosa var. truncata

(Fischer & Meyer) Baker

Gard. Chron., ser. 2, 10: 111. 1878

EndemicSelected by author to be illustrated
Basionyms: Aquilegia truncata Fischer & Meyer in F. E. L. von Fischer et al., Index Sem. Hort. Petrop. 9, suppl.: 8. 1844
Synonyms: Aquilegia formosa var. pauciflora (Greene) Munz
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.
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Illustrator: John Myers
Stems and petioles glabrous or sparsely pilose, not viscid. Flowers: sepals 10-20 mm, 0.7-1.1 times as long as spurs; petal blades 0-3 mm. 2n = 14.

Phenology: Flowering spring–summer (Apr–Aug).
Habitat: Mesic woods or shrublands
Elevation: 0-3500 m


Aquilegia formosa var. truncata replaces A. formosa var. formosa from the Sierra Nevada westward. The two varieties intergrade where they come together.

The common form of Aquilegia formosa var. truncata is 50-100 cm, with well-developed stem leaves. Montane forms with short stems and very small stem leaves are often separated as A. formosa </i>var.<i> pauciflora. Similar dwarf montane races with the floral characters of A. formosa var. formosa occur in the Pacific Northwest; these have never been separated taxonomically.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.

AuthorAlan T. Whittemore +
Authority(Fischer & Meyer) Baker +
BasionymsAquilegia truncata +
DistributionCalif. +, Nev. + and Oreg. +
Elevation0-3500 m +
HabitatMesic woods or shrublands +
IllustratorJohn Myers +
PhenologyFlowering spring–summer (Apr–Aug). +
Publication titleGard. Chron., ser. +
Publication year1878 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V3/V3 1118.xml +
Special statusEndemic + and Selected by author to be illustrated +
SynonymsAquilegia formosa var. pauciflora +
Taxon familyRanunculaceae +
Taxon nameAquilegia formosa var. truncata +
Taxon parentAquilegia formosa +
Taxon rankvariety +
VolumeVolume 3 +