Oenothera curtiflora W.L.Wagner & Hoch

Syst. Bot. Monogr. 83: 211 (2007) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual herb to 2.5 m high; main stem simple below, few- to many-branched on inflorescence, softly hairy with long glandular and eglandular hairs. Basal leaves rosetted, obovate or narrowly elliptic 5–15 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, subsessile, deciduous; cauline leaves usually ovate-elliptic, 2–12.5 cm long, 0.5–4 cm wide, subsessile to shortly petiolate, margins somewhat sinuate and minutely toothed. Inflorescence a simple, dense spike to c. 40 cm long. Flowers actinomorphic, opening near sunset and fading by morning; hypanthium 1.5–3 mm long; sepals linear to oblanceolate, 2–3.5 mm long, often failing to separate completely; petals 1.5–3 mm long, pink to rose. Capsule indehiscent, narrowly ellipsoid, 5–11 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, glabrous, 4-ribbed; seeds 2–4. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

*MuF, *MuM. Also naturalised QLD and NSW. Native to the USA and Mexico. First recorded in Victoria near Cohuna (1938), where it does not appear to have persisted. However, it has recently been discovered in the Mildura area, growing on weedy roadsides.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-06-10
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-30
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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 curtiflora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Oenothera curtiflora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised

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