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Gaura hexandra

Harlequinbush, Gaura hexandra, photo © by Mike Plagens

In open ponderosa woodland near Pinetop, Navajo Co., Arizona, USA. August 2009.

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FLOWERS: Pale to bright pink flowers have usually four petals tipped to one side and eight prominent stamens and four lobes to the stigma.

LEAVES: Elyptic leaves have just a few teeth along the margins.

ANNUAL: A number of herbaceous slender stems appear with summer growth between trees in woodlands. Most are about waist high when mature. Sometimes plants are PERENNIAL surviving year to year.

RANGE: In summer this plant can be found in ponderosa woodlands through much of Arizona. It also is found in drier, lower habitats.

FRUIT: The fruit developes below the flower close to the stem. It is hard and breaks open uneasily.

UNARMED. No spines or prickles.

Onagraceae -- Evening Primrose Family

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