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    I'm leaning toward C. pilosa given the location just north of Tahoe, but I'm not seeing much to distinguish it from C. nana based on morphology. Bracts look pretty pointy and don't seem white OR green margined.

    1. Ken-ichi 32 months ago | reply

      Bracts look a bit more squared off in this one:

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    2. Mark Egger 32 months ago | reply

      This is, indeed, C. nana -- the blackish stigma and the dark splotches on the middle part of the corolla (barely visible here), distinguish it from C. pilosa. This is close to the entity described in earlier floras as C. jussellii, now, probably correctly, regarded as a synonym of C. nana. I've seen similar though paler plants near Woods Lake in the Tahoe region. While most C. nana in the Sierras lack the pale reddish hue, this color form is not all that uncommon, and across its range, C. nana varies a lot in color.

    3. Ken-ichi 32 months ago | reply

      Many thanks, Mark. It's certainly a wildly variable species.

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