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Mar 28, 2014 7:12 PM CST
Aquilegia hybridize very readily, so any seed of garden origin is highly suspect, and the possibility of hybrids in the wild (when a seed-grown plant from wild-collected seed doesn't fit the species description) must also be considered. The photo doesn't provide any provenance for the plant, but given that the photographer is European, and the plant range is a small one within western U.S. mountain states, it may well be grown from seed of garden origin.
More importantly though, the plant in this photo doesn't match the characteristics of Aquilegia saximontana, which are explained in this thread at the NARGS forum:
Note that I've listed each ID discussion separately, but they are all within one thread, so by clicking on the first one and reading along, you (say, the species ID moderators?) can see the entire chain.
Could this photo please be moved to the general "Columbine" photo section?
The other photos here are quite suspect too, but don't provide as clear a view of the spurs on those plants.
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