Oenothera biennis L. complex
- Botanical Name
- Oenothera biennis L. complex
- Common Name
- Common Evening-primrose
- Oenothera glazioviana Micheli; Oenothera nutans Atkinson & Bartlett; Oenothera oakesiana (Gray) J.W.Robbins ex S.Watson & Coulter; Oenothera villosa Thunb. ssp. villosa
- Flora of Virginia Name/Status
- Oenothera biennis L.
- The Oenothera biennis complex in Virginia comprises O. biennis, O. glazioviana, O. nutans, O. oakesiana, O. parviflora, and O. villosa ssp. villosa. Complex interaction of plastome and genome define these so-called species, which are problematic even for those that study them intensively. The few annotated specimens provide only sketchy distributional information. We are currently unable to map any of the individual members of this difficult and confusing complex, except for O. parviflora, which was included in earlier hard-copy editions of the Atlas. However, some of its records may represent the very closely allied O. oakesiana.
- In aggregate, the members of this complex are common inhabitants of fields, pastures, roadsides, clearings, and other open, disturbed habitats throughout the state.
- Native Status
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