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Flaigg, Norman G.
Gaura mollis James
Lizard-tail, Velvetweed, Velvet-leaf Gaura, Willow Gaura
Synonyms: Gaura parviflora
USDA Symbol: gamo5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The genus Gaura is composed of rather weedy plants, with leaves borne singly on the stems and frequently in a basal rosette. The flowers are in spikes or racemes, or are branching. They open in the evening. The 4 petals are on the upper side of the flower, giving it a slightly bilateral symmetry. There are normally 8 prominent stamens and 1 pistil; these are on the lower side. The stamens have reddish-brown anthers. The genus is easily recognized, but the species are sometimes difficult, due partly to a great deal of hybridization.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OH , OK , OR , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , WA , WY USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0002
Collected April 12, 1990 in Bexar County by Judith C. BerryNPSOT 0394
Collected May 27, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
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Record Modified: 2009-08-17
Research By: TWC Staff