Gentiana villosa

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Gentiana villosa
Gentiana villosa Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Gentiana
Species: G. villosalink title
Binomial name
Gentiana villosa
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Natural range of Gentiana villosa from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Striped gentian

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Dasystephana villosa (Linnaeus) Small; Pneumonanthe villosa (Linnaeus) F.W. Schmidt


"Annual or perennial herbs. Stems erect, teret, often in clumps. Leaves opposite, entire, sessile to short-petiolate. Flowers solitary or in congested cymes, pedicellate or sessile. Calyx 4-5 lobed, tubular; corolla cleft ½ or less its length, campanulate, funnelform or tubular, lobes the same number as the sepals, often connected with a thin tissue (pleats); stamens 4-5, anthers free, or coherent in a ring around the style; stigmas erect, recurved in age, style short or absent. Capsule laterally compressed, elongate, stipitate; seeds 0.6-2.2 mm long." [1]

"Perennial with thick fleshy roots. Stem strict, ascending to erect, 1.5-5 dm tall. Leaves elliptic, 4-8.5 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, acute to obtuse, base attenuate to cuneate, sessile to short-petiolate. Flowers essentially sessile, solitary or in compact, 3-7 flowered cymes. Calyx 2-3.3 cm long, tube 7-13 mm long, lobes linear to narrowly elliptic, 10-20 mm long, to 3 mm wide, acute, erect to ascending; corolla greenish to yellowish white, usually tinted or striped with purple, funnel form, 3-4.2 cm long, tube 2.5-4 cm long, lobes 5, triangular-ovate, the corolla, anther adherent; stigmas spreading-recurved, style 3-5 mm long. Capsules ellipsoid to oblong, laterally compressed, 1.7-2.5 cm long, stipitate; seeds brown, ellipsoid to oblong, faintly reticulate, 1.1-1.3 mm long." [1]




This species has been found in mixed woodlands, secondary, brushy pine-oak upland woods, longleaf pine-turkey oak sand ridges, and hillsides.[2] It has been observed growing in rich, moist, humus in shaded locations. Associated species include Pinus palustris and Quercus laevis.[2]


This plant has been observed to flower from October to November.[2]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by gravity. [3]

Fire ecology

This plant is found in areas that are annually burned.[2]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Radford, Albert E., Harry E. Ahles, and C. Ritchie Bell. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. 1964, 1968. The University of North Carolina Press. Print.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: R.K. Godfrey, J. P. Gillespie, A. F. Clewell, R. Kral, Betty Pierce, Gary R. Knight, Rodie White, Richard R. Clinebell II, and R. Komarek. States and Counties: Florida: Jackson, Leon, Liberty, and Madison. Georgia: Grady and Thomas.
  3. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.