Oenothera albicaulis

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Oenothera albicaulis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Oenothera
Species: O. albicaulis
Binomial name
Oenothera albicaulis
Oenothera albicaulis

Oenothera albicaulis is a New World plant in the evening primrose family. It is known by the common names prairie evening-primrose,[2] white-stem evening-primrose,[1] whitish evening primrose,[3] or whitest evening primrose.[4]


Oenothera albicaulis is native to North America, in the United States (Arizona; Colorado; Montana; New Mexico; Oklahoma; South Dakota; Texas; and Utah), and in Mexico (in Chihuahua state).[1]


The Zuni people rub the chewed blossoms on the bodies of young girls so that they can dance well and ensure rain.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Oenothera albicaulis was originally described and published in Flora Americae Septentrionalis 2: 733. 1814 [1813] GRIN (December 13, 2012). "Oenothera albicaulis information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Name - !Oenothera albicaulis Pursh". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Stevenson, Matilda Coxe (1915). "Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians". SI-BAE Annual Report (30): 87. 
  4. ^ "Oenothera albicaulis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 

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