Centaurium calycosum (Buckley) Fernald
Arizona centaury, Shortflower centaury, Rosita, Buckley centaury
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
Synonym(s): Centaurium breviflorum, Centaurium calycosum var. breviflorum, Centaurium calycosum var. nanum, Erythraea calycosa
USDA Symbol: ceca3
This attractive member of the Gentian family grows from Central Texas west. It prefers moist places at altitudes under 4,000 feet. It is a low-branching plant 8-12 inches tall, with little foliage, so that the numerous pink flowers grow in a tight cluster, like a bouquet or corsage. Leaves are rarely more than 1/2 inch long, the blossoms 1 inch across. It has an unbelievable number of buds, which continue to bloom for days, even when picked. Blossoms are tubular with 5 starlike lobes and a small white eye in the center.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: MO , TX
Native Distribution: Southeastern California northeast to southern Utah, east to central Texas, and south to northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Moist open areas along streams, in prairies and meadows, and on hillsides.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Centaurium calycosum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Centaurium calycosum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Centaurium calycosum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff