Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 06643 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Aquilegia elegantula Greene
Common name   western red columbine
James G. Harris   2609  
Coll. Date 19 July 1994 
United States
San Juan County
Locality La Sal Mountains, south along road from Geyser Pass to Dark Canyon;
     Elev.: 10332 ft. (3150 m.)
Habitat Notes aspen-fir community. 
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 38° 27'  54" N, 109° 12'  30" W
Datum Not recorded
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): 1' (1800 m.)


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

     Aquilegia elegantula Greene

Common Name(s): western red columbine.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=18735, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Magnoliidae
                            Order: Ranunculales
                                Family: Ranunculaceae
                                    Genus: Aquilegia
                                        Species: Aquilegia elegantula


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
specimen image: 06643s2.jpg

Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 02895s1.jpg 
specimen image: 10824s2.jpg 

Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
10813 Allium geyeri  var. geyeri   "Geyer's wild onion" 1.3 mi. SE
06644 Aquilegia coerulea      "Colorado columbine" 1.2 mi. N
06645 Aquilegia coerulea      "Colorado columbine" 1.2 mi. N
10824 Aquilegia elegantula      "western red columbine" same section
06651 Arenaria congesta     same section
06624 Arnica cordifolia      "heart-leaf arnica" same section
06625 Arnica mollis      "hairy arnica" same section
06626 Arnica parryi      "Parry's arnica" same section
10806 Arnica parryi      "Parry's arnica" 1.3 mi. NE
10817 Arnica x diversifolia  hybrid [amplexicaulis or mollis x cordifolia or latifolia]   "hybrid arnica" 1.3 mi. SE
10802 Arnica x diversifolia  hybrid [amplexicaulis or mollis x cordifolia or latifolia]   "hybrid arnica" 1.3 mi. NE
06654 Cardamine cordifolia      "heart-leaf bittercress" same section
10827 Carex bella      "southwestern showy sedge" same section
10818 Carex heteroneura  var. chalciolepis   "Holm sedge" 1.3 mi. SE
10809 Carex scirpoidea  var. pseudoscirpoidea  1.3 mi. SE
06656 Castilleja rhexiifolia      "sulphur paintbrush" same section
06658 Conioselinum scopulorum      "Rocky Mountain hemlock parsley" same section
10810 Cystopteris fragilis      "brittle bladder fern" 1.3 mi. SE
06627 Delphinium occidentale  var. barbeyi   "subalpine larkspur" same section
10838 Draba crassifolia      "thick-leaf whitlow-cress" 1.3 mi. SE
10837 Draba spectabilis  var. spectabilis   "showy whitlow-cress" 1.3 mi. SE
06649 Epilobium angustifolium     1.2 mi. N
10840 Erigeron elatior      "tall fleabane" 1.3 mi. SE
06632 Erigeron elatior      "tall fleabane" same section
10839 Erigeron melanocephalus      "blackhead fleabane" 1.3 mi. SE
10808 Geum rossii  var. turbinatum   "Ross' avens" 1.3 mi. SE
06630 Helenium hoopesii      "orange sneezeweed" same section
06629 Helianthella quinquenervis      "fivenerve little sunflower" same section
06631 Helianthella uniflora      "one-flowered little sunflower" same section
10804 Helianthus nuttallii      "Nuttall's sunflower" 1.3 mi. NE
06621 Heterotheca villosa      "hairy goldenaster" same section
10807 Juncus mertensianus      "Mertens' rush" 1.3 mi. NE
10826 Luzula parviflora      "smallflowered woodrush" same section
10836 Luzula spicata      "spiked woodrush" 1.3 mi. SE
10814 Minuartia obtusiloba      "alpine sandwort" 1.3 mi. SE
10835 Oxyria digyna      "alpine mountainsorrel" 1.3 mi. SE
06648 Pedicularis bracteosa      "Payson's towering lousewort" 1.2 mi. N
10803 Pedicularis bracteosa  var. paysoniana   "Payson's towering lousewort" 1.3 mi. NE
06650 Pedicularis racemosa      "sickle-top lousewort" same section
10800 Pedicularis racemosa  var. alba   "sickle-top lousewort" 1.3 mi. NE
06647 Penstemon whippleanus      "Whipple's beardtongue" 1.2 mi. N
06660 Phleum alpinum      "alpine timothy" same section
10823 Phleum alpinum      "alpine timothy" 1.3 mi. SE
10822 Poa reflexa      "nodding bluegrass" 1.3 mi. SE
06661 Poa secunda      "Sandberg's bluegrass" same section
06646 Polemonium pulcherrimum     1.2 mi. N
10828 Polemonium pulcherrimum  var. delicatum  same section
10820 Polemonium viscosum      "sticky polemonium" 1.3 mi. SE
06659 Polygonum bistortoides      "American bistort" same section
06655 Potentilla gracilis  var. pulcherrima   "beautiful cinquefoil" same section
10841 Ranunculus alismifolius  var. montanus   "waterplantain buttercup" 1.3 mi. SE
06653 Saxifraga odontoloma      "brook saxifrage" same section
10805 Saxifraga odontoloma      "brook saxifrage" 1.3 mi. NE
10815 Saxifraga rhomboidea      "diamond-leaf saxifrage" 1.3 mi. SE
06623 Senecio triangularis      "arrow-leaf ragwort" same section
10821 Sibbaldia procumbens      "creeping sibbaldia" 1.3 mi. SE
10819 Silene acaulis  var. subacaulescens   "moss catchfly" 1.3 mi. SE
06628 Solidago multiradiata      "low goldenrod" same section
10825 Thermopsis montana      "mountain goldenbanner" same section
10811 Trifolium dasyphyllum  var. uintense  1.3 mi. SE
10801 Trifolium kingii  var. kingii   "King's clover" 1.3 mi. NE
10812 Trifolium parryi      "Parry's clover" 1.3 mi. SE
10798 Veronica wormskjoldii      "American alpine speedwell" 1.3 mi. NE
10816 Veronica wormskjoldii      "American alpine speedwell" 1.3 mi. SE
06657 Vicia americana  var. americana   "American vetch" same section
06622 Viguiera multiflora  var. multiflora   "showy goldeneye" same section
10799 Zigadenus elegans      "mountain death camas" 1.3 mi. NE
06652 Zigadenus elegans      "mountain death camas" same section


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

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Blue Lake (Lake) San Juan County, UT 2714 ft. N 10063  Mount Peale 
Dark Canyon Lake (Lake) San Juan County, UT 0.9 mi. SE 9951  Mount Peale 
Mount Mellenthin (Summit) San Juan County, UT 1.4 mi. W 12592  Mount Peale 
Geyser Pass (Gap) San Juan County, UT 2 mi. NW 10532  Mount Peale 
Mount Peale (Summit) San Juan County, UT 2.2 mi. SW 12661  Mount Peale 
Dark Canyon (Valley) San Juan County, UT 2 mi. E   Mount Peale 
La Sal Mountains (Range) San Juan County, UT 2.1 mi. SW 11667  Mount Peale 
Mount Tomasaki (Summit) Grand County, UT 2.6 mi. N 12097  Mount Waas 
Burro Pass (Gap) Grand County, UT 2.9 mi. N 11175  Mount Waas 
Beaver Lake (Lake) San Juan County, UT 3.3 mi. S 9797  Mount Peale 
Haystack Mountain (Summit) San Juan County, UT 3.2 mi. NW 11621  Mount Peale 
Manns Peak (Summit) Grand County, UT 3.5 mi. N 12153  Mount Waas 
Gold Basin Tower (Tower) San Juan County, UT 3 mi. W 10004  Mount Tukuhnikivatz 
Gold Basin (Basin) San Juan County, UT 3 mi. W 10066  Mount Tukuhnikivatz 
Mount Tukuhnikivatz (Summit) San Juan County, UT 3.3 mi. SW 12468  Mount Tukuhnikivatz 
Clark Lake (Lake) San Juan County, UT 3.4 mi. NW 9403  Mount Tukuhnikivatz 
La Sal Pass (Gap) San Juan County, UT 3.9 mi. SW 10132  Mount Tukuhnikivatz 
Dry Fork Mill Creek (Stream) Grand County, UT 4 mi. NW   Mount Waas 
Wet Fork Mill Creek (Stream) Grand County, UT 4 mi. NW   Mount Waas 
Medicine Lakes (Lake) San Juan County, UT 4.1 mi. SW 9978  Mount Peale 


Taxon Links for species Aquilegia elegantula  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

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