Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Centunculus minimus L.
- Family: Primrose (Primulaceae)
- Flowering: April-July
- Field Marks: This dwarf annual has rotate pink flowers with usually 4 petals that are shorter than the sepals.
- Habitat: Most moist areas, including vernal pools.
- Habit: Annual with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Ascending, branched or unbranched, up to 4 inches tall, smooth.
- Leaves: Simple, alternate or opposite above, opposite near the base of the stem. spatulate to obovate, rounded or pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, without teeth, smooth.
- Flowers: Very tiny and solitary in the axils of the leaves, rotate.
- Sepals: Usually 4, green, united below, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Petals: Usually 4, pink, united at the base, a little shorter than the sepals.
- Stamens: Usually 4.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Fruits: Capsules spherical, smooth.
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