Plectritis congesta

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Plectritis congesta
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Plectritis
Species: P. congesta
Binomial name
Plectritis congesta
(Lindl.) DC.
Synonyms

Plectritis anomala
Plectritis aphanoptera
Plectritis brachystemon
Plectritis magna
Plectritis samolifolia

Plectritis congesta is a species of flowering plant in the honeysuckle family known by several common names, including shortspur seablush and rosy plectritis. It is native to western North America from Vancouver Island to southern California, where it is a common plant in coastal forests, seashores, mountain meadows, and other habitat. It is an annual herb growing erect 10 to 60 centimeters tall. The widely spaced, paired and oppositely arranged leaves are oval or somewhat oblong, smooth-edged, and up to 6 centimeters long by 2 wide. The upper ones lack petioles. The inflorescence is a dense headlike cluster of flowers in shades of bright pink to nearly white. Each flower has an upper and lower lobed lip under a centimeter in length and three protruding stamens tipped with purple anthers bearing yellow pollen.

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