Gentianaceae2017-08-17T16:14:11+00:00

Gentianaceae: Gentian Family

Timwort / American Microcala – Cicendia quadrangularis

Blooms:

Mar–May

Plant Height:

< 9 cm

Flower Size:

Very small

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Grassy places

Notes:

A small, low-growing glabrous plant. The flower is very small and salverform with 4 abruptly spreading, bright yellow lobes. More distinctive is its quadrangular calyx, appearing truncated both top and bottom. Stems are narrow with opposite basal and cauline leaves.

Davy ‘s Centaury – Zeltnera davyi

Blooms:

May–Aug

Plant Height:

2–30 cm

Flower Size:

Small

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Moist coastal bluffs, dunes, chaparral & open forest

Notes:

A delightful small flower, generally found in small groups but can appear in profusion. The corolla lobes are 3–7 mm across, bright pink with a white center but pure white forms are not uncommon, often found alongside the normal pink form. There are 2 wedge-or fan-shaped stigmas in a figure of eight formation.