Campanula rotundifolia L. - Harebell, Bluebell

Campanula rotundifolia plant

Family - Campanulaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Campanula rotundifolia stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Campanula rotundifolia basalsBasal rosette.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Campanula rotundifolia calyxCalyx.

Campanula rotundifolia flower

Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Moist, shaded, north-facing crevices of limestone bluffs.

Origin - Native to U.S. and Eurasia.

Other info. - This little species can only be found in one county (Shannon) in Missouri. In Shannon it can be found growing along the steep, dangerous bluffs of the Jack's Fork River. The plant is a relic left over from the retreat of the Pleistocene ice sheets. It is more abundant in states to the north but is also found as far west as California.
The species epithet of the plant, "rotundifolia", refers to the small leaves of the basal rosette. The leaves of the stem are long and linear (anything but rotund).
In the close-up flower picture above the styles of the flower are erect and appear undivided. A mature style will be divided into 3 spreading stigmas at its apex.

Photographs taken along the Jack's Fork River, Shannon County, MO., 6-22-03, and in Marquette, MI., 9-8-03.


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