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Gentiana crinita

Common Name of Genus: Fringed Gentian
Family: Gentianaceae


Entry Author: J. Rogers and C. Westring
Description:  A branched annual or biennial herb
Leaves:
Simple, lanceolate leaves waxy green color
Flowers:
 One single, blue, tubular flower for every stalk with four petals with lightly fringed edges.  The flowers open in the sun and close in the shade or dark. 
Seeds:
  A spindle-shaped capsule with a slender beak producing many seeds.  The seeds bear numerous tiny projections which make them easily dispersed by the wind.
Branching Pattern:   Straight upwardly sprouting stalk. Opposite arrangement of leaves 
Height:  30-90 cm
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest:  Wet thickets and meadows
Range: Much of Eastern US. west to Indian and Ohio from Maine to Georgia
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide:  No endangered or threatened status as of yet although it is becoming more rare. 
Uses (Human):  

References:

Connecticut Wildflowers.  November 13, 2005.  Connecticut Botanical Society.  Accessed:  January 20, 2006.  <http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/gentianopsiscrin.html>

Peterson, Roger Tory, and Margaret McKenny.  Peterson Field Guides:  A field guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and Northcentral North America.  New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1968.

Thieret, John W.   National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers: Eastern Region (Rev. Ed.).  New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 2001.

This page was created by: J. Rogers, Northampton Community College and C. Westring, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 01/20/06