Oenothera rosea L'Hér. ex Aiton

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Oenothera rosea

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Oenothera rosea

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Common names: Rose evening primrose (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Erect or decumbent, much-branched perennial herb, often flowering in the first year. Flowers pink. Petals relatively small, 5-8 mm.
Notes: Could be confused with a species of Epilobium but the seeds lack the tuft of hairs characteristic of that genus.
Derivation of specific name: rosea: rose, rosy
Habitat: In moist disturbed places, often in shade.
Altitude range: (metres) 1480 - 1910 m
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution: Of South American origin; widespread as a weed in the warm parts of the world
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Bailey, L.H. (1949). Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York. Page 739.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 282. (Includes a picture).

Raven, P.H. (1978). Onagraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 332 - 331. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 91.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 36. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Oenothera rosea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142800, retrieved 3 December 2016

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