COLORADO WESTERN TIER WILDFLOWERS

 Jim Fuchs

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Pediomelum (Fabaceae)

Pediomelum aromaticum

Found below cliffs on soils derived from sandstone or red decomposed granite. Flowers early to late June.

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Small plants on dry slope

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Leaves glabrous on top except for leaf edge and along primary veins

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

June 4, 2015. Leaf underside sparsely pubescent

Pediomelum

June 4, 2015

Pediomelum

Loam soil below red cliffs

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Small stipule

Pediomelum

Leaf top: hair on margins and principle veins

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

June 10, 2015

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

Larger plants on protected southeast facing slope

Pediomelum

Pediomelum aromaticum

Pediomelum

September 13. Plants (R & L) on protected southeast facing slope. Plants on unprotected slopes are long gone and blown away.

Pediomelum

June 25, 2017. Most plants dried up because of the Spring drought. No blooms were found.

Pediomelum megalanthum

Common in PJ and sagebrush and also below cliffs. Do not confuse very young P. megalanthum for P. aromaticum. Check the leaf hair carefully.

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Pediomelum megalanthum

Pediomelum

Leaf top: appressed hairy. May need magnification to see the hairs on the green young leaves.

Pediomelum

Hairs are difficult to see because of the camera/view angle

Pediomelum

Young sprout of P. megalanthum

Pediomelum

Enhanced photo of same sprout to show hairs better

CHARACTERISTIC P. AROMATICUM P. MEGALANTHUM
stem green to tan often purplish
leaves bright green; gray-green; hirsute
form branching often with basal rosette
flower length 8-15 mm 15-20 mm
flower keel spot lavender dark purple
flower number few flowers per raceme many flowers per raceme
inflorescence type loose raceme tightly racemose; v. hirsute
odor slight strong