I recently found your web site and Nature Bulletin No.
536-A (9/21/74) on
the Gentian family. I have been wondering about the strange flower I found
some land I recently purchased in Lewis County, TN. In April bright green
about 8-10 inches long appeared in a clump. Then in May a tall spike shot
up and small yellowish flowers appeared at the end of it. I have been
told that it might be a "columbo". From your bulletin I am guessing
that it is -- the American Columbo. What is the botanical name for
this plant? Is it as rare in Tennessee as in the Chicago area?
Try this site for a small picture. Local sources are almost always better
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