Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Epilobium ciliatum Rafinesque
(Willow Herb, Fringed Willow Herb)

Family: Onagraceae

Status: Native

Epilobium adenocaulon Hausknecht
Epilobium adenocaulon Hausknecht var. parishii (Trelease) Munz
Epilobium adenocaulon Hausknecht var. perplexans Trelease
Epilobium californicum Hausknecht
Epilobium fendleri Hausknecht
Epilobium novomexicanum Hausknecht

Epilobium ciliatum is one of the least showy of the Onagraceae in the Gila National Forest. It is a small erect herb with flowers that have notched pink or white petals that are only a few millimeters long. The fruits are a slender four to six centimeter long capsule. Epilobium ciliatum is found in middle to upper elevation moist roadsides and streambeds. Epilobium ciliatum, with its flowers that have four small petals and its fruit that look like a silique, can easily be mistaken for a Mustard. It however has eight stamens that alternate in length.
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Epilobium ciliatum, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, & Mark Donnell, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Aug. 4, 2007

Epilobium ciliatum, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Deadman Canyon, Sept. 10, 2007

Epilobium ciliatum, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Leith Young & Richard Felger, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Aug. 1, 2009

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