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Small-flowered Evening Primrose

Oenothera cambrica

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Myrtales
Family:
Onagraceae (Willowherb)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Biennial
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Habitats:
Riverbanks, roadsides, sand dunes, seaside, wasteland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 4 petals
 
Bright yellow flowers, 14 to 18mm in diameter. Unlike the similar looking Large-flowered Evening Primrose (Oenothera glazioviana) the tips of the flower spikes are green and the sepals are green. The styles of the flower are shorter than those of Large-flowered Evening Primrose.
Fruit:
Dry fruit capsule, splitting open when ripe.
Leaves:
Basal elliptical leaves which are broadest above the middle. The stem leaves are lance-shaped. The hairs on Small-flowered Evening Primrose are red at their bases. The similar Common Evening Primrose does not have red-based hairs. Annual or biennial.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
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