E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Zeltnera muehlenbergii (Griseb.) G. Mans.
Muhlenberg's centaury
Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a short taproot; stems solitary, simple or branched, 3-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves forming a conspicuous rosette, egg-shaped, 5-25 mm long, rounded at the tip; stem leaves narrower and abruptly pointed.
Inflorescence of a few flowers on stalks much shorter than the calyces; corollas white to deep pink, 1.2-1.4 cm long; calyces 6-8 mm long but shorter than the corolla tubes, deeply lobed, the lobes 3-4 mm long; anthers 1.5-2 mm long and coiling slightly after opening.
Capsules, slender, 12-16 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from SE Vancouver Island and Chatham Island; S to NV and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Centaurium floribundum (Benth.) B.L. Rob.
Centaurium muehlenbergii (Griseb.) W. Wight ex Piper

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