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Longhorn Steer's Head (Dicentra uniflora)

Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora) is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the high Sierra each spring and is commonly found near snowmelt. Its unique name is attributed to its two outer petals, which curve backward to resemble cattle horns and its two inner petals, which fuse together into a snout. The gaps between the petals add the finishing touch by forming two eyes.

Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora) is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the Sierra each spring and is commonly found near snowmelt.  Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0110
Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora), documentary view showing the entire plant in its preferred habitat with icy cold snowmelt. Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora) is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the Sierra each spring and is commonly found near snowmelt.  Eldorado National Forest, Alpine County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0118
Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora), two pristine wildflowers side by side. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora) is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the Sierra each spring and is commonly found near snowmelt.  Eldorado National Forest, Alpine County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0235
Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora), single wildflower with morning dew. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora) is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the Sierra each spring and is commonly found near snowmelt.  Eldorado National Forest, Alpine County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0236
Longhorn steer's head (Dicentra uniflora), single wildflower with morning dew. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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