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Velvet-leaved Gaura - Gaura parviflora
Other Names:  Gaura mollis, Oenothera curtiflora

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: SNR
C-value: 3

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General Description
Taprooted, single-stemmed annual. Stems erect, 30–80 cm, branched above. Herbage glandular, villous. Leaves lanceolate, 3–11 cm long, weakly dentate. Spikes 10–30 cm long. Flowers slightly irregular; hypanthium 2–4 mm long; sepals 1–3 mm long; petals 1–3 mm long. Capsule mostly glabrous, 5–8 mm long, 4-angled, rounded between the angles (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Wagner et al. (2007, Syst. Bot. Monogr. Vol. 83) treat this as Oenothera curtiflora W.L. Wagner & Hoch.

Range Comments
West and central U.S. and Mexico (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 19

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The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus pensylvanicus and Bombus impatiens (Colla and Dumesh 2010).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141:39-68.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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    • Boggs, K. W. 1984. Succession in riparian communities of the lower Yellowstone River, Montana. M.S. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman, 107 pp.
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