Oenothera filipes

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Oenothera filipes
Oeno Gaura fili2.jpg
Photo by John R. Gwaltney, Southeastern Flora.com
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Oenothera
Species: O. filipes
Binomial name
Oenothera filipes
(Spach) W.L. Wagner & Hoch
GAUR FILI dist.jpg
Natural range of Oenothera filipes from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Slenderstalk beeblossom

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Gaura filipes Spach; Gaura filipes var. filipes; Gaura filipes var. major Torrey & A. Gray; Gaura michauxii Spach


Oenothera filipes is a perennial herbaceous species.

"Usually coarse, branched annuals or perennials. Leaves mostly alternate. Inflorescence terminal, spike-like, with or without axillary branches from upper leaves or bracts. Petals white to pink; stigmas 3-4 lobed. Fruit woody, indehiscent." [1]

"Plant to 1.5 m tall, stems pubescent. Leaves linear, elliptic or narrowly lanceolate, to 6 cm long and 6 mm wide, pubescent, glabrous, or puberulent, acute, coarsely toothed to undulate, attenuate; sessile or subsessile. Inflorescence diffusely branched, the branches uncinulate. Spelas and petals 4-7 mm long; anthers 1.6-2.5 mm long styles exerted 5-7 mm. fruits acutely 4-angled, ovoid, 3.5-4 mm long, 3-3.5 mm broad, minutely uncinulate to almost glabrous; pedicels 2-3 mm long, uncinulate."[1]




O. filipes occurs in dry or well drained sandy soils and sandy loam. [2] It seems to be most common in areas that receive full sun or are only partly shaded. [2] It can be found in longleaf pine flatwoods or sandhills, scrub oak barrens, pine-oak woodlands, and limestone glades. [2] However, it can also appear in areas of disturbed habitat, including roadsides and common use recreational areas. [2] Associated species include Pinus palutris, Solidago, Gaillardia, Polianthes, Berchemia, Dichromema, Setaria, Hedyotis, Schoenus nigricans, Muhlenbergia carpillaris, and Quercus laevis. [2]


This species has been observed to flower and fruit from August to October. [2]

Seed dispersal

This species disperses by gravity. [3]

Fire ecology

This species has been found in habitat that is often maintained by fire. [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. 754-5. Print.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Gary R. Knight, John B. Nelson, Robert K. Godfrey, E. Tyson, R. D. Houk. Ann F. Johnson, Wilson Baker, R. Komarek, MacClendons, and G. Wilder. States and Counties: Florida: Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, and Walton. Georgia: 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.