Gentiana catesbaei

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Common names: Elliott's gentian; coastal plain gentian

Gentiana catesbaei
Gentiana catesbaei AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Gentiana
Species: G. catesbaei
Binomial name
Gentiana catesbaei
Natural range of Gentiana catesbaei from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: G. catesbaei var. catesbaei; G. catesbaei var. nummulariifolia Fernald; Dasystephana latifolia (Chapman) Small; D. parvifolia (Chapman) Small; Pneumonanthe catesbaei (Walter) F.W. Schmidt


G. catesbaei is a perennial forb native to the southeast United States [1].


The distribution of G. catesbaei ranges from north Florida to southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey [1].



G. catesbaei can be found in "pocosins, moist longleaf pine savanna edges, edges of moist hardwood forests, bluff seepages" [2]. Habitat typically has saturated, loamy, peat soil [3].


This species typically flowers from late September through November[2], but can still have flowers present through mid-December [3].

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 USDA Plants Database URL:
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: May 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, R. K. Godfrey, A. Gholson Jr., D. C. Vickers, Steve N. Jones, Rodie White, R. Komarek and R. Kral. States and Counties: Alabama: Covington and Coffee. Georgia: Grady and Thomas. Florida: Leon, Gadsden, and Wakulla.