8 responses to “Polemonium eximium”

  1. Christopher Denton

    I am not a linguist of Greek and Latin. Would it be too cumbersome to provide a translation for the Latin or Greek name of the plants which this site so wonderfully presents? Pronunciation would also be a delight to hear. I think that I have sounded this one out, and it rings like a song in my ears.

    1. Brett Whaley

      According to the book “Stearn’s Dictionary of Plant Names For Gardeners”
      Polemonium is: The Greek name, polemonion, originally applied to a medicinal plant associated with Polemon of Cappadocia. Jacob’s ladder is P. caeruleum.
      eximuim: exi’mius,-a,-um Out of the ordinary; distinguished.

      Thanks John T. Manion for the book 🙂

  2. lynn

    There’s almost too much to love here – a great photo, showing habitat and flower to nice effect, an interesting text, some fascinating links, and Daniel’s addendum. I like seeing the plant with most flowers gone over, and just one remaining in full bloom; it tells a lot and seems all the more real somehow. The article on California plant diversity is very interesting – I could hardly believe such a high percent of the state’s flora is endemic. The Yosemite website was fun to read, too. I’m not sure I’ll ever see this one in the wild at over 10,000 ft., so thank you!

  3. Richard Old

    According to BONAP’s Synthesis of the North American Flora, there are 5,701 native species in California of which 1,731 occur only in that state. This is 30% rather than the 40% stated above. Still an extremely high proportion of endemics. Thank you for your (as usual) excellent write-up and beautiful photo.

  4. Mark Darrach

    Polemonium eximium is an interesting species that I have done a bit of work with. Rather than smelling like urine, the plant smells VERY distinctively of skunk odor instead – this is a widespread smell common to many (all?) species in the genus. This plant is under extreme risk of extinction as climate change slowly erases our alpine flora. A very closely related species – Polemonium chartaceum – is found nearby in the Sweetwater and White mountains east of the Sierra crest. This species is much more rare than P. eximium, but is very much under the same climate change risk profile as P. eximium. A comprehensive survey of P. chartaceum is badly needed as it appears to be in steep decline in the Sweetwater Mountains and is most probably suffering the same fate in the White Mountains as well.

  5. Damon Tighe

    So glad this photo got picked up for this write up. Polemonium eximium is one of my favorite high sierra plants, because of its shear visual adacity to survive and flaunt it up at the high elevations. I first encountered the plant on the John Muir Trail back in 2003 when I saw it in bloom on Forester Pass and still get giddy each time I see it. Thank you Dominic for the great article and Daniel I will be getting some Madagascar plant images up on Flickr hopefully in the next month as I’m just starting the long journey home tomorrow. For now I have a stream of things flowing into iNaturalist but it’s all stuff off a cell phone.

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