Wildflowers of the Rockies, Part 2

See the wildflowers in this photo of the tundra? They’re there, and they’re spectacular, but like most tundra plants they’re miniature. You have to get down on your hands and knees and practically put your cheek to the ground to get proper photos.

Alpine Forget-me-not, Myosotis alpestris
Phlox sp.??? Maybe not, see comments
Wallflower?
Bistort?
Fairy Primrose, Primula angustifolia
Dwarf Clover, Trifolium nanum

As you can see from the captions, I had better luck identifying some than others. These photos don’t really do justice to how tiny they were. The biggest stood about an inch tall!

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3 thoughts on “Wildflowers of the Rockies, Part 2”

  1. Hi Rebecca- It’s fun that we both saw and photographed the same types of wildflowers when we were at RMNP during the same time! You were definitely more brave to put ID’s on these species- i didn’t even try! But I’m going to now- at least partly. I’m guessing that the second and third species are in the mustard family- but that’s as far as I’m going to go. Phlox have five petals- while I think the plant in your second picture has four petals. I also saw a low creeping phlox up there on the alpine tundra, that had a slightly bluish-tinge to it’s five petaled flower. Wasn’t the area amazing? It’s great to see your photos and your perspective!

    -Tom

    1. Argh, you’re probably right about the phlox. I am definitely an amateur when it comes to identifying plants and I suppose I overreached a bit here. The flowers were spectacular, regardless.

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