Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 15729 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Mertensia fusiformis Greene
Common name   spindle-root bluebells
Oliver Hansen   12  
   with J.A. Alexander
Coll. Date 16 June 2010 
United States
Uinta County
Locality Uinta Mountains, NW slope of Cottonwood Mountain, FR072, ca. 4 miles N of Utah/Wyoming State line, E side of road, at top of ridge;
     Elev.: 8761 ft. (2671 m.)
Habitat Notes aspen forest. 
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 41° 3'  29.43" N, 110° 21'  43.92" W
Datum WGS84 
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): GPS
Georef. Notes This coordinate was obtained by a GPS unit and an error estimate was not recorded by the user. However due to the accuracy of most units, a polygon diameter between 25 and 250 meters could reasonably be assumed.
Voucher Senior Thesis Voucher for Henry's Fork and Vicinity Checklist, Block 19, northern Utah and southern Wyoming. 


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Mertensia oblongifolia (Nutt.) G. Don

     Mertensia bakeri Greene
     Mertensia bakeri var. osterhoutii L.O. Williams
     Mertensia cusickii Piper
     Mertensia fusiformis Greene
     Mertensia lanceolata var. fendleri (Gray) Gray
     Mertensia lanceolata var. nivalis (S. Wats.) Higgins
     Mertensia lanceolata var. pubens (J.F. Macbr.) L.O. Williams
     Mertensia lanceolata var. viridis A. Nels.
     Mertensia oblongifolia var. amoena (A. Nels.) L.O. Williams
     Mertensia oblongifolia var. nevadensis (A. Nels.) L.O. Williams
     Mertensia oreophila L.O. Williams
     Mertensia paniculata var. nivalis S. Wats.
     Mertensia perplexa Rydb.
     Mertensia toiyabensis J.F. Macbr.
     Mertensia viridis (A. Nels.) A. Nels.
     Mertensia viridis var. caelestina (A. Nels. & Cockerell) L.O. Williams
     Mertensia viridis var. cana (Rydb.) L.O. Williams
     Mertensia viridis var. cynoglossoides (Greene) J.F. Macbr.
     Mertensia viridis var. parvifolia L.O. Williams

Common Name(s): languid-lady, oblongleaf bluebells.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=31683, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Asteridae
                            Order: Lamiales
                                Family: Boraginaceae
                                    Genus: Mertensia
                                        Species: Mertensia oblongifolia


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
specimen image: 15729s1.jpg

Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 06716s3.jpg 
specimen image: 07144s2.jpg 

Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
15721 Androsace septentrionalis      "pygmy-flowered rockjasmine" 300 ft. SW
15718 Antennaria dimorpha      "low pussytoes" 300 ft. SW
15732 Arabis holboellii      "Holboell's rockcress" same section
15805 Artemisia tridentata  var. vaseyana   "Vasey's big sagebrush" 300 ft. SW
15735 Astragalus argophyllus  var. martinii   "Martin's milkvetch" same section
15724 Astragalus spatulatus      "tufted milkvetch" 300 ft. SW
15807 Castilleja flava  var. flava   "yellow paintbrush" 300 ft. SW
15720 Cerastium arvense      "field chickweed" 300 ft. SW
15734 Delphinium nuttallianum      "meadow larkspur" same section
15723 Erigeron compositus  var. glabratus   "cut-leaf fleabane" 300 ft. SW
15806 Eriogonum umbellatum  var. majus   "sulphur-flowered wild buckwheat" 300 ft. SW
15736 Fritillaria atropurpurea      "leopard-lily" same section
15725 Oxytropis sericea  var. sericea   "white locoweed" 300 ft. SW
15722 Phlox multiflora      "mountain phlox" 300 ft. SW
15727 Pinus contorta  var. latifolia   "lodgepole pine" 492 ft. W
15731 Poa fendleriana      "muttongrass" same section
15719 Poa secunda      "Sandberg's bluegrass" 300 ft. SW
15726 Selaginella densa      "lesser spikemoss" 300 ft. SW
15733 Senecio integerrimus  var. exaltatus   "Columbia ragwort" same section
15730 Shepherdia canadensis      "Canada buffaloberry" same section
15808 Tetradymia canescens      "spineless horsebrush" 300 ft. SW
15728 Viola nuttallii      "Nuttall's violet" 492 ft. W


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Gourley Meadows (Flat) Uinta County, WY 2150 ft. SW 8600  Table Mountain 
Whiskey Spring (Spring) Uinta County, WY 1.6 mi. E 8770  Table Mountain 
Graham Reservoir Number 1 (Reservoir) Uinta County, WY 1.7 mi. NW 8452  Buck Fever Ridge 
Graham Reservoir (Reservoir) Uinta County, WY 1.7 mi. W 8455  Buck Fever Ridge 
Graham Dam (Dam) Uinta County, WY 1.7 mi. W 8455  Buck Fever Ridge 
Cottonwood Mountain (Summit) Uinta County, WY 2.2 mi. S 9321  Table Mountain 
Big Spring (Spring) Uinta County, WY 2.3 mi. NE 8741  Table Mountain 
Murray Ditch (Canal) Uinta County, WY 2.5 mi. NW 8317  Buck Fever Ridge 
Deadhorse State Hospital Camp (Locale) Uinta County, WY 2.8 mi. S 8931  Buck Fever Ridge 
Gilbert Creek (Stream) Uinta County, WY 2.3 mi. W   Bridger Lake 
Gilbert Creek (Stream) Summit County, UT 2.3 mi. W   Bridger Lake 
Deadhorse Park (Park) Uinta County, WY 3 mi. S 8888  Buck Fever Ridge 
Little Gilbert Creek (Stream) Uinta County, WY 2.7 mi. SW   Bridger Lake 
Little Gilbert Creek (Stream) Summit County, UT 2.7 mi. SW   Bridger Lake 
Slab Park (Park) Uinta County, WY 2.8 mi. SW 8744  Buck Fever Ridge 
Sage Creek Park (Flat) Uinta County, WY 3.5 mi. SE 9197  Table Mountain 
Rocky Springs (Spring) Uinta County, WY 3.8 mi. N 8019  Buck Fever Ridge 
Tipperary Dam (Dam) Uinta County, WY 3.6 mi. N 8196  Buck Fever Ridge 
Tipperary Reservoir (Reservoir) Uinta County, WY 3.6 mi. N 8196  Buck Fever Ridge 
Murray Reservoir (Reservoir) Uinta County, WY 3.6 mi. N 8196  Buck Fever Ridge 


Taxon Links for species Mertensia fusiformis  Greene

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Google Images

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