Oenothera curtiflora W.L. Wagner & Hoch

Velvety Gaura

Oenothera curtiflora plant

Family - Onagraceae

Stems - No info yet.

Oenothera curtiflora stemUpper stem.

Oenothera curtiflora stemLower stem.

Leaves - No info yet.

Oenothera curtiflora leaves

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Oenothera curtiflora flower

Oenothera curtiflora flower

Oenothera curtiflora calyx

Flowering - June - October.

Habitat - Prairies, waste ground, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S. and Mexico.

Other info. - This species can be found mainly in northwestern Missouri but it can also be found in a handful of counties spread across the state. The plant can be identified by its spreading pubescent stems, oblong to lanceolate leaves, and small flowers. The petals of the flowers can be white to pink.
O. curtiflora is a biennial species which typically forms a single stem from the base. The stem branches much in the inflorescence. Another species, Gaura coccinea Pursh, is less common in Missouri. This latter species is a perennial plant which typically has many stems arising from the base of the plant. It can be found growing amongst the loess hills of northwestern Missouri.

Photographs taken at Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve, KS., 9-19-06.