Plant ID forum: A flower on the Pawnee National Grasslands in Colorado

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Ft. Collins, Colorado
hopkora
Feb 7, 2018 9:24 AM CST
I took this photo on the Pawnee National Grasslands outside of Greeley, Colorado! I was hoping that someone could help me identify the plant. I do appreciate all of your help very much. Thanks very much in advance.
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Feb 7, 2018 12:14 PM CST
It is a Liatris species. First look to see what species are native to that part of Colorado. Most of the time, Liatris species can be clearly differentiated by the bracts under the flower head. The individual flower itself won't give you any clues.
Ft. Collins, Colorado
hopkora
Feb 8, 2018 9:10 AM CST
Thank-you very much for the help. I went to the Colorado plant database and there seems to be only one native species. Liatris punctata (Gayfeather) so I am pretty sure that is what this is.
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN, USA zon
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Hybridizer
Seed Starter Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Leftwood
Feb 8, 2018 3:45 PM CST
The Colorado plant data base is not a comprehensive list. These are the Liatris species that occur in Colorado:

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I checked out these four species for you, and even from just your photo, I am able to conclude that it is indeed L. punctata.



Ft. Collins, Colorado
hopkora
Feb 11, 2018 8:02 AM CST
Thanks for the help. Very much appreciated.

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