All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Linear-leaved Gentian</strong> 
<em>Gentiana linearis</em> / Gentian family
Mt. Leconte - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
September 1, 2006<br>
These flowers are a beautiful, bright blue. They are a nice addition to the trail in the ear...
Linear-leaved Gentian
Gentiana linearis / Gentian family
Mt. Leconte - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
September 1, 2006

These flowers are a beautiful, bright blue. They are a nice addition to the trail in the early fall when most of the wildflowers have gone dormant for the year. There was a grassy meadow at around 6000 feet in elevation that was covered in these plants. The petals are so tightly closed, it takes a large, strong insect to be able to pollinate it. (See next photo)
Perennial
Where seen: high elevations of Great Smoky Mountains

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