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Clarkia gracilis
slender godetia

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; Washington to California.

Habitat: Fairly dry, open areas at low elevations.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, beetles, moths, wasps


Annual, the stem 1.5-6 dm. tall, simple or freely-branched


Leaves alternate, sessile, linear, 2-7 cm. long.


Inflorescence of loose, few-flowered, erect racemes, the tip of the inflorescence and the buds reflexed; calyx tube 1.5-3 mm. long, the 4 lobes united and turned to one side; petals 4, not clawed, 8-20 mm. long, pink to lavender, obovate to rounded; style 4-parted, the stigmas 1-1.5 mm. long, cream colored, linear; stamens 8, of two lengths, longer than the style; ovary inferior, 4-celled.


Capsule 4-celled, 3-5 cm. long, straight, slightly enlarged above the middle, tapered to a slender beak.

Accepted Name:
Clarkia gracilis (Piper) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.
Publication: Bot. Gaz. 65: 63. 1918.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Clarkia gracilis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Clarkia gracilis checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Clarkia gracilis information.

E-Flora BC: Clarkia gracilis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Clarkia gracilis photos.

USDA Plants: Clarkia gracilis information.

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