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Gaura parviflora  Dougl.
Riley County, Kansas
Annual or winter annual
Height: 1-9 feet
Family: Onagraceae - Evening Primrose Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July, August
Also Called: Velvety gaura, small-flowered gaura.
Stems: Erect, usually solitary, unbranched below inflorescence, densely glandular-hairy with few silky spreading hairs.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, sessile, ovate-lanceolate, 1 to 5 inches long, .25 to 1.75 inch wide, soft-pubescent; margins wavy; tips tapering to points; lower stem leaves usually absent at flowering.
Inflorescences: Spikes, elongate, 2 to 20 inches long, densely flowered, terminal; bracts lanceolate to linear, to 1/4 inch long, long spreading hairy.
Flowers: Sepals 4, lance-oblong, glabrous or minutely pubescent, bent abruptly downward; petals 4, pink to rose, less than 1/8 inch long; stamens 8, anthers yellow or reddish; stigma with 4 short lobes.
Fruits: Capsules, nutlike, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, mostly glabrous; seeds 3-4, rust-colored.
Habitat: Dry rocky hillsides, pastures, old fields, open woodlands, waste areas, and roadsides.
Distribution: Nearly throughout Kansas.
Uses: Native Americans used a liquid made from the roots of velvety gaura to treat snakebites, burns, and inflammations. They sometimes stewed the roots with meat.

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