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Zeltnera muehlenbergii
Muhlenberg`s centaury

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho and Nevada.

Habitat: Forest openings, wet areas at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Glabrous annuals, the slender stems usually single, 3-30 cm. tall.


Basal leaves few to several, not forming a rosette, ovate to obovate, 5-15 mm. long, rounded; cauline leaves opposite, linear-oblanceolate and acute.


Flowers in a few-flowered cyme; pedicles shorter than the calyx; calyx lobes 5, linear, 6-8 mm. long; corolla white to deep pink, half again as long as the calyx, the tube narrow, the 5 lobes sharply flaring, narrow, 3-4 mm. long; stamens 5, exerted; style simple, stigma flattened, the lobes ovate-deltoid.


Capsules slender, 2-valved, about twice the length of the calyx.

Accepted Name:
Zeltnera muehlenbergii (Griseb.) G. Mans.
Publication: Taxon 53(3): 731-732. 2004.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Centaurium muehlenbergii (Griseb.) W. Wight ex Piper
Centaurium muehlenbergii (Griseb.) W. Wight ex Piper var. albiflorum Suks.
Centaurium muhlenbergii (Griseb.) W. Wight ex Piper, orthographic variant [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Zeltnera muehlenbergii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Zeltnera muehlenbergii checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Zeltnera muehlenbergii information.

E-Flora BC: Zeltnera muehlenbergii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Zeltnera muehlenbergii photos.

USDA Plants: Zeltnera muehlenbergii information.

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