Western Centaury

Zeltnera exaltata

Status

Red List

Description

Western centaury is an annual herb with a short tap root and one to multiple stems. There are few to several basal leaves with longer narrow stem leaves. There are one to few flowers per plant that are either pale pink or nearly white with 5 long pointed petals

Habitat

Western centaury is present in moist saline meadows in the steppe zone

Threats

Overgrazing
Invasive species
Habitat destruction due to recreation and development

You Can Help!

Learn more about this plant and its biology
Avoid trampling or driving over the plant and the surrounding environment
Reduce livestock grazing
Control and/or remove invasive plants and reduce soil disturbance to prevent invasive plants from establishing

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