Canchalagua - Beautiful Centaury
Charming Centaury

Centaurium venustum

Centaurium venustum

Color: Pink

Common name: Canchalagua, beautiful centaury, charming centaury

Latin name: Centaurium venustum


Height: 1.25 - 20 inches

Description: A showy star-shaped flower with corolla throat ± white, lobes 10–20 mm, generally rose-purple sometimes white. Stamens are spiraled like a corkscrew.

Leaf: 5–25 mm, narrowly oblong to egg-shaped.

Range: e Klamath Ranges, Inner North Coast Ranges, s Outer North Coast Ranges, Cascade Range Foothills, Sierra Nevada Foothills, e San Joaquin Valley, Southwestern California (except n Channel Islands, especially San Diego Co.), Mojave Desert

Habitat: Dry scrub, grassland, forest

Elevation: < 1300 m.

Flowering time: May–Aug

Notes: Photographed June 18, 2006, San Diego County, Calif. A dicot, is a common annual herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone.

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