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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Centaurium calycosum (Buckl.) Fern.
Arizona centaury, Shortflower centaury, Rosita, Buckley centaury
USDA Symbol: ceca3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
The brilliant pink corolla resembles that of Phlox species, which have three branches on the style; the style on Centaurium species ends with a small knob or two short branches.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Brackenridge Field Laboratory
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff