Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Dodecatheon pauciflorum Greene
- Family: Primrose (Primulaceae)
- Flowering: May-July
- Field Marks: This species has leaves up to 8 inches long, 5-15 flowers per stem, and the tube of the sepals up to 1/6 inch long.
- Habitat: Wet meadows.
- Habit: Perennial herb with a short crown and fleshy roots.
- Stems: Underground as a short crown.
- Leaves: All basal, oblanceolate to elliptic, up to 8 inches long, rounded or pointed at the tip, tapering to a short stalk, without teeth, or sometimes with a wavy edge, smooth.
- Flowers: 5-15 per stem, nodding, the cluster subtended by very small bracts.
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, the tube up to 1/6 inch long, the lobes longer than the tube.
- Petals: 5, united at the base, turned backward, purple, up to 3/4 inch long.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsule oblong-ovoid, smooth, up to 3/4 inch long.
- Notes: This species is often combined with D. pulchellum.
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