Camissonia contorta (Douglas ex Lehm.) Kearney
contorted-pod evening-primrose (plains evening-primrose)
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Camissonia contorta
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Species Information

Annual herb from a slender taproot; stems erect or spreading, 5-15 (40) cm tall, wiry, usually branched, often sprawling, peeling; hairs spreading, usually coarse, also sparsely glandular-hairy in inflorescence.
Alternate, linear to narrowly elliptic, (5) 10-30 mm long, entire to remotely toothed.
Inflorescence a leafy-bracted, nodding, terminal raceme; flowers unstalked or with short stalks; hypanthium 1.5-2 mm long; petals 3-5 mm long, yellow, fading reddish; sepals 2.5-4 mm long; stamens noticeably unequal, the longer set nearly twice the length of the shorter.
Capsules, linear, 2-4 cm long, only about 1 mm thick, cylindric, swollen by seeds, arched to nearly coiled, nearly stalkless, 4-chambered; seeds in 1 row per chamber, 0.7-0.9 mm long, shiny, minutely pitted.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Open, sandy areas in the lowland zone; rare on S Vancouver Island; S to CA, NV and ID.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Oenothera contorta Douglas ex Lehm.
Oenothera cruciata (S. Watson) Munz, nom. illeg., non Oenothera cruciata Nutt. ex G. Don
Oenothera dentata auct. non Cav.