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James S. Pringle (except as specified)

Annual, perennial herb
Stem decumbent to erect, < 2 m
Leaves simple, cauline (sometimes also basal), opposite or whorled, entire, sessile or basal ± petioled; stipules 0
Flower bisexual, radial, parts in 4's or 5's, except pistil 1; sepals fused, persistent; petals fused, persistent or deciduous, corolla generally without fringes or scales on inner surface, sinuses between lobes generally unappendaged; stamens epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes; ovary superior, chamber 1, placentas parietal, often intruding
Fruit: capsule, 2-valved
Seeds many
Genera in family: ± 80 genera, 900 species: worldwide; some cultivated (Eustoma , Exacum , Gentiana )
Reference: [Wood & Weaver 1982 J Arnold Arbor 63:441–487]



Annual, perennial herb, generally glabrous
Stem generally simple below inflorescence
Leaves cauline, opposite (sometimes also basal)
Inflorescence: compact cyme or flowers solitary
Flower parts in 4's or 5's; calyx tube obvious; corolla tube narrowly bell-shaped, lobes spreading, < tube, scales 0, sinuses between lobes ± truncate, unappendaged or generally with a variously shaped, sometimes fringed appendage, nectary pits 0 (nectaries on ovary stalk); ovary stalked, style short or indistinct, stigma 2-branched
Species in genus: ± 300 species: temp to subarctic and alpine Am, Eurasia
Etymology: (Gentius, king of ancient Illyria, who might have found medicinal value in the plants)


G. setigera A. Gray


Stems arising laterally below rosette, decumbent, 1–few, 20–45 cm
Leaves: basal 25–85 mm, 5–15 mm wide, spoon-shaped-obovate, tip obtuse; cauline many, 10–30 mm, 5–17 mm wide, elliptic, base sheathing, tip obtuse to acute, lower crowded, wider than upper, upper < internodes
Inflorescence: flowers 1–4
Flower: calyx 14–23 mm, lobes ovate-oblong, subacute; corolla (25)35–50 mm, blue, lobes 10–16 mm, elliptic-obovate, acuminate, sinus appendages deeply divided into 2–3 thread-like parts
Seed winged
Ecology: Wet mtn meadow
Elevation: ± 1065 m.
Bioregional distribution: Outer North Coast Ranges (Red Mtn, Mendocino Co.)
Distribution outside California: sw Oregon
Synonyms: G. bisetaea Howell
Reference: [Chambers & Greenleaf 1989 Madroño 36:49–50]
Horticultural information: In cultivation.
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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