Zeltnera venusta

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Zeltnera venusta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Zeltnera
Species: Z. venusta
Binomial name
Zeltnera venusta
(Gray) Mansion

Zeltnera venusta is a species of flowering plant in the gentian family known by the common names California centaury, charming centaury and canchalagua. This centaury is native to much of California, southern Oregon, and northwest Baja California.

It grows in many habitats up to elevations around 1300 meters. It is an annual wildflower rarely reaching half a meter in height. The pointed oval leaves grow opposite on the thin stems. The inflorescence is tipped with one or more showy star-shaped flowers, each with a white-centered magenta corolla about 2 centimeters wide.

Until 2004 it was placed in genus Centaurium as Centaurium venustum.[1]


  1. ^ Mansion, Guilhem (2004). "A new classification of the polyphyletic genus Centaurium Hill (Chironiinae, Gentianaceae): description of the New World endemic Zeltnera, and reinstatement of Gyrandra Griseb. and Schenkia Griseb.". Taxon. 53 (3): 719–740. doi:10.2307/4135447. JSTOR 4135447. 

External links[edit]