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Aquilegia chrysantha

Aquilegia chrysantha, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Ordo: Ranunculales

Familia: Ranunculaceae
Subfamilia: Thalictroideae
Genus: Aquilegia
Species: Aquilegia chrysantha

Aquilegia chrysantha A.Gray, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 8: 621 (1873).

Aquilegia leptoceras var. chrysantha (A.Gray) Hook.f., Bot. Mag. 99: t. 6073 (1873).
Aquilegia formosa var. chrysantha (A.Gray) Brühl, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, Pt. 2, Nat. Hist. 61: 320 (1893).
Aquilegia coerulea var. chrysantha (A.Gray) Rapaics, Bot. Közlem. 8: 136 (1909).
Aquilegia chrysantha var. rydbergii Munz, Gentes Herbarum 7: 138 (1946).
Aquilegia leptoceras var. flava A.Gray, Smithsonian Contr. Knowl. 5: 9 (1853).
Aquilegia chrysantha f. pleiocalcarata B.Boivin, Amer. Midl. Naturalist 50: 510 (1953).

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Additional references

Govaerts, R.H.A. 1995. World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2). 483, 529 pp. MIM, Deurne. ISBN 90-341-0852-X (issue 1) ISBN 90-341-0853-8 (issue 2). Reference page.
Whittemore, A.T. 1997. Aquilegia. Pp. - in Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.), Flora of North America North of Mexico. Volume 3: Magnoliophyta: Magnoliidae and Hamamelidae. 590 pp. Oxford University Press, New York / Oxford, ISBN 0-19-511246-6. efloras Reference page.
Allred, K. W. 2012. Flora Neomexicana. The vascular plants of New Mexico. Vol. 1: An annotated checklist to the names of vascular plants, with synonymy and bibliography. Ed. 2. 613 pp. Range Science Herbarium, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Reference page.
Ackerfield, J. 2015. Flora of Colorado. 818 pp. BRIT Press, Fort Worth, Tx. ISBN 978-1-889878-45-4. Reference page.
Villaseñor, J.L. 2016. Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 559–902. DOI: 10.1016/j.rmb.2016.06.017 Online PDF Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2020. Aquilegia chrysantha. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2020 March 23. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Aquilegia chrysantha in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2020 March 23. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. Aquilegia chrysantha. Published online. Accessed: 23 March 2020.

Aquilegia chrysantha, the golden columbine, is a perennial herbaceous plant native to the southwestern United States from extreme southern Utah to Texas and northwestern Mexico.

The ferny leaves have three leaflets with three lobes and grow from the base and off the flowering stems. The flowers, which appear in May and early June, grow on a long stem above the leaves and have five pointed yellow sepals and five yellow petals with long spurs projecting backwards between the sepals. At the center of the flower are many yellow stamens.

The cultivar ‘Yellow Queen’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[1]

"RHS Plantfinder - Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 19 February 2020.

Vernacular names
English: Golden columbine
suomi: Kulta-akileija

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