Gentiana linearis Frölich. Phen: Sep-Oct. Hab: Openings in spruce-fir forests, seeps, bogs, and swamp forests at high elevations. Dist: Mainly occurring in ne. United States and e. Canada, west to Lake Superior, and south (scattered) in the Appalachians to sw. VA (in openings in spruce-fir forest near summit of Whitetop Mountain) and e. TN (Chester, Wofford, & Kral 1997). On Mount LeConte (Sevier County, TN), G. linearis occurs in thin soils around high elevation outcrops of Anakeesta Slate. See Pringle (1977) for extensive discussion of actual and putative southern occurrences of this species.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Synonymy: = C, F, G, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Pa, Tn, W, WV, Halda (1996), Ho & Liu (2001), Pringle (1967a); = Pneumonanthe linearis (C.F.Frölich) Greene