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Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva)

Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) is a perennial herb notable for its unusual flowers, which often upstage its small, fleshy, withering leaves. The generic name, Lewisia, honors Meriwether Lewis, who encountered the unique plants on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Lewisia rediviva is Montana's state flower and is endemic to western North America.

Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva).  Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0474
Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva), extremely detailed close-up of the plant's reproductive structures. Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, USA.
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Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva).  Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0473
Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva), individual wildflower in bloom. Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, USA.
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Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva).  Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, El Dorado County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0356
Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) growing among serpentine, California's state rock. Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva).  Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, El Dorado County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0355
Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva). Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva).  Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, El Dorado County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0354
Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva). Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva).  Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, El Dorado County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0290
Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva). Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva).  Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, El Dorado County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0289
Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva). Traverse Creek Botanical Special Interest Area, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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