Smallflower False Foxglove (Agalinis paupercula)

Smallflower False Foxglove (Agalinis paupercula)

The Smallflower False Foxglove (Agalinis paupercula), also called the Smooth False Foxglove and Small-flowered Gerardia, is an annual forb/herb in the Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae).The genus name is Latin for "remarkable flax." The species name is from the Latin for "poor little." Although rare on Mount Desert Island, these plants are found around French Hill Pond. This plant grows to a height of 18 inches (46 centimeters).

The flowers are purple and pink, from ½ to ¾ inch (1.3 to 1.9 centimeters) long with five lobes. The upper lobes turn backwards. Four stamens may be seen with the lower stamens longer than the upper stamens. This plant blooms from August to September.

The leaves are linear, opposite, from ¾ to 1¾ inches (2 to 4.5 centimeters) long and seldom exceed ⅛ inch (4 millimeters) wide.

Smallflower False Foxglove (Agalinis paupercula) Detail

The fruit is a somewhat-round capsule about ¼ inch (6 millimeters) long containing dark brown seeds.

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