Aquilegia Express: Yellow Columbines
Aquilegia chaplinei, Chaplin’s columbine
Chaplin’s columbine is endemic to the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico and Texas.
Aquilegia chaplinei ranges in height from 20 to 50 cm. The foliage is glaucous and the leaves are glabrous to pubescent. The flowers are suberect. The sepals are yellow, 10 to 18 mm long, and perpendicular. The blades are pale yellow, 8 to 10 mm long. The spurs are yellow, 30 to 40 mm long, and straight. The stamens extend beyond the blade.
Aquilegia chaplinei is found growing along streams, rocks and other areas where the ground is moist. In general, a very arid environment characterizes the Guadalupe Mountains.