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Gentiana clausa

Common Name of Species: Bottle Gentian, Closed Gentian 

Entry Author:  C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Key Characteristics: 
Bottle Gentian can be identified by the deep bluish/purple, cylindrical flower heads that never open and grow in clusters, even in full maturity.
Leaves can grow to be 4 inches long, and can be ovate or lance shaped.
Dark bluish-purple petals that stays closed.  Grow in clusters and are 1-1 inches long.
Stems are smooth and erect.
Height:  1-2 feet tall.
Branching Pattern of Leaves: 
Leaves form a whorl shape below flowers, and then are opposite further below that.
Grows in moist thickets and meadows. 
Range: Can be found South of Canada to Virginia, west to Nebraska and Missouri and north to North Dakota.
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Newcomb, Lawrence (1977).  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.  New York: Little, Brown.

McKenny, M. & Peterson R.T. (1996). Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers Northeastern/ North-central North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

USDA, NRCS (2004). Plants Database, Version 3.05 (  National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874 USA.

This page was created by: C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 12/15/05