(Gentiana setigera )
Gentian family (Gentianaceae)
Photo 1999 BLM, Arcata Field Office
Description: Mendocino Gentian is a perennial and its stems arise laterally below a radiating cluster of leaves (rosette). The plant is decumbent (mostly lying flat but with tips curving up). Leaves are clustered near the base of the plant and are 0.8- 3.7 inches (25-85 millimeters) long, 0.2- 0.6 inches (5-15 millimeters) wide, spoon-shaped, obovate (egg shaped, widest above middle), tip obtuse; leaves going up the stem are many, 0.8-1.2 inches (10-30 millimeters) long, 0.2- 0.66 inches (5-17 millimeters) wide, elliptic (flattened circle) shaped. Flowers are blue, petals are 25 and 1.4-2.0 inches (35-50 millimeters) long, elliptic-obovate (combination of a flattend circle and an invert egg shape) with long tapered sharp tips.
Distribution: Occurs in Del Norte and Mendocino counties, and in southwest Oregon. Mendocino Gentian does occur on BLM's Red Mountain Area of Critical Environmental Concern east of Leggett.
Habitat: Occurs in wet mountain bogs and meadows; elevation 3,194 feet (1,065 meters)
Flowering Period: Blooms August through September
Similar Plants: Distinct
Status: California Native Plant Society List 1B and Bureau of Land Management Sensitive.