5819.000 Gaura L.

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (1997) The European Garden Flora. Vol. V. Dicotyledons (Part III). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs. Leaves: basal usually pinnatifid with winged petioles; cauline alternate, sessile, usually with undulate margins. Inflorescence of terminal bracteate spikes. Flowers zygomorphic, opening at dusk or dawn, 4-merous. Hypanthium deciduous, obconic. Petals usually white, fading reddish, unequal, clawed. Stamens 8. Ovary 4-locular; stigma deeply 4-lobed. Fruit a short indehiscent nut-like capsule, often shortly stalked.

Derivation of name: Greek word meaning superb.

Worldwide: 21 species in North America.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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lindheimeri Engelm. & A. Gray

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gaura
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gaura
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gaura
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gaura
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iNaturalist: Gaura
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gaura
JSTOR Plant Science: Gaura
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gaura
Plants of the World Online: Gaura
Tropicos: Gaura
Wikipedia: Gaura

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Gaura.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2166, retrieved 8 December 2023

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