Ipomopsis ramosa
Author: Al Schneid. & Bregar

Coral ipomopsis

Polemoniaceae (phlox family)

Close up of Ipomopsis ramosa. Photo ŠAl Schneider, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com.

Close up of Ipomopsis ramosa flowers. Photo ŠAl Schneider, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com.

Taxonomic Comments

Discovered by Al and Betty Schneider in the Dolores Canyon in 2006 (Schneider and Bregar 2011).

Ranks and Status

Global rank: G1
State rank: S1
Federal protection status: None
State protection status: None

Description and Phenology

Ipomopsis ramosa by Dorothy DePaulo

General description: Ipomopsis ramosa is biennial to perennial, and 25-45 cm tall.  The plants branch frequently from a woody base and along the main stem producing a bushy growth pattern. The flowers are white with short streaks and dots of coral pink.  Stamens are deeply included within the corolla tube.  Corolla tubes are quite short, 14-17 mm long. The style is only 2-4 millimeters.  Plants are densely covered in glandular hairs and sparse silky hairs.  The glandular hairs impart a very strong and pleasant spicy aroma.  Leaves are light green and deeply divided.  Basal rosettes are withered at flowering (Schneider and Bregar 2011, Ackerfield 2012, Weber and Wittmann 2012, Schneider 2013).

Look Alikes: Ipomopsis tenuituba has single stems and longer corolla tubes.

Phenology: Flowers late June through early August.


Habitat of Ipomopsis ramosa. Photo ŠAl Schneider, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com.

Habitat of Ipomopsis ramosa (this habitat is less typical). Photo ŠAl Schneider, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com.

This species is found on red sandstones, siltstones, and shales of the Permian Cutler Formation.  The plants grow on steep slopes in sunny meadows and open forests in moist but well-drained habitat with Picea pungens, Pseudotsuga menziesii, and Populus tremuloides (Schneider and Bregar 2011).

Elevation Range: 8,200 - 9,200 feet (2,499 - 2,804 meters)


Colorado endemic: Yes
Global range: Found in two side canyons of the Dolores River Canyon in Montezuma County, Colorado (Schneider and Bregar 2011).
Distribution of Ipomopsis ramosa in Colorado.

Threats and Management Issues

Threats and management issues have not been documented for this species.


    • Beardsley, M. and D. A. Steingraeber. 2013. Population dynamics, rarity and risk of extirpation for populations of Mimulus gemmiparus (budding monkeyflower) on National Forests of Colorado. A research report submitted to the USFS Forest Service. Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forets and Pawnee National Grassland. pp 17. Accessed online on May 11 at: http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/Rare_Plants/profiles/Critically_Imperiled/mimulus_gemmiparus/ documents/USFS_MimulusStatusReport2013.pdf
    • Schneider, A., and J. Bregar. 2011. Ipomopsis ramosa (Polemoniaceae), a new species from southwestern Colorado. Phytoneuron 45: 1-11.
    • Weber, W.A., and R.C. Wittmann. 2012b. Colorado Flora, Western Slope, a field guide to the vascular plants, fourth edition. Boulder, Colorado. 532 pp.

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