American columbo

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Noun1.American columbo - any of various tall perennial herbs constituting the genus Frasera; widely distributed in warm dry upland areas of California, Oregon, and Washington
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Frasera, genus Frasera - genus of North American herbs: columbo; includes some species sometimes placed in genus Swertia
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Dopey American Columbo came second, beating Sherlock Holmes.
Swertia caroliniensis (Walt.) Kuntze (Gentianaceae), commonly called American columbo (Hemmerly, 1990), or columbo, is a robust, monocarpic, glabrous perennial with erect stems ranging from one to three meters tall and two to three centimeters in diameter.

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