Gayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum

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Scientific Name Gayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum USDA PLANTS Symbol GADIP
Common Name Spreading Groundsmoke ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 27673
Family Onagraceae (Evening Primrose) UC Jepsen
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5500 to 10500); moist or dry ground, open to lightly wooded and disturbed areas.
Plant: Often inconspicuous, much-branched, open annual, 2 to 20 inches tall, red stems. Plants in the images below are about 6 to 8 inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, linear to oblong stem leaves up to 2-3/8 inches long, becoming smaller upward.
Inflorescence: Very small, inconspicuous flowers, about 1/4-inch across with 4 white petals with yellowish spot at the base and 4 reflexed sepals beneath; white protruding stamens and style with white to yellowish anthers and stigma.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and Flora & Fauna Northwest.
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