Oenothera rosea L’Hér. ex Aiton

Rose Evening-primrose

Hort. Kew. 2: 3 (1789) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect perennial herb, to 40 cm high; stems usually numerous, slender, sparsely branched, pubescent, hairs mostly antrorse. Basal leaves oblanceolate, 2–5 cm long, to 1.5 cm wide, entire to pinnatifid, petiolate; cauline leaves mostly ovate-lanceolate, 1–3 cm long, to 12 mm wide, usually sinuate-denticulate, sometimes lobed, acute to acuminate, petiolate, small and bractlike in upper part of stem. Flowers in upper leaf axils, actinomorphic, opening before sunrise and fading by late afternoon, erect in bud and at anthesis, pedicellate; hypanthium 4–8 mm long; sepals 6–12 mm long, often failing to separate completely; petals 5–12 mm long, usually deep pink. Capsule clavate, 8–10 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, ribbed, pubescent, dehiscing mainly at apex, pedicel 5–20 mm long. Flowers mostly Aug.–Mar.

*EGU, *MuM. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to central America from Texas to Bolivia, widely cultivated. Has become established in the Mildura area in far north-western Victoria, presumably as a garden-escape.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Onagraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-07
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Onagraceae
genus Oenothera
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Oenothera rosea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oenothera rosea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised

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New South Wales