Southern Beeblossom - Southeastern Beeblossom
Narrow-leaf Beeblossom
Gaura angustifolia Syn: Oenothera simulans
(Small) W.L. Wagner & Hoch
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose) Family

 

Southern Beeblossom is an upright, spreading annual to about 4 feet tall (usually not branched at the base). Its preferred habitat is dunes, meadows, grasslands and thin woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are narrowly widest at the middle to lance-like, no teeth and no lobes; usually not on visible leaf stalks.

The flowers are clusters that rest directly on the flowering branch. The hypanthium is prolonged (a structure formed by the fusion of petals, sepals and stamens) beyond the ovary as is typical of primroses. The structure is about the same length as the ovary. Sepals number 3 to 4 and each is about 1/2 inch long. The petals also number 3 to 4, white in color and fading to pink with age. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

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