Polemonium boreale Adams
FamilyPolemoniaceae — APG family: Polemoniaceae
SynonymsPolemonium boreale subsp. richardsonii (Graham) Anders., Polemonium richardsonii Graham.
DescriptionStem from oblique, branched caudex, covered on upper part with translucent old sheaths, viscid-pubescent with long, septate hairs; basal leaves pinnate, with numerous, more or less alternate, elliptic-ovate to obovate leaflets; inflorescence more or less capitate, few-flowered; flowers short-pedicelated, about 1.5 cm long; calyx densely pubescent with somewhat acute lobes; corolla blue to purplish, about 2.5 times longer than calyx, with rounded lobes, glabrous in margin.
EcologyMeadows, sandy, dry tundra; to at least 2,300 meters in the St. Elias Range.
Alpine specimens (var. villosissimum Hult.), found on tundra and in the moun- tains, are about 6-7 cm tall, with globular, strongly white-villous inflorescence.
Hultén's Flora About

This is a digital representation of Eric Hultén’s ‘Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories: A Manual of the Vascular Plants’, which was published by Stanford University Press in 1968. The book was digitized by C. Webb (at UAMN) as part of the Flora of Alaska project, with funding by the US NSF (Grant 1759964 to Ickert-Bond & Webb), and with permission of Stanford University Press. Data and images © 1968 Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr. Univ. Usage licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. NB: You may find OCR errors; please refer to the hard-copy if in doubt.