Fireweed Description Biol 195, July, 2019 MVS
Onagraceae Family Genus Charmaenorium angustifolium Perennial Herbacious
Grows along roadways and sunny fields throughout Fairbanks, Alaska, USA (and in other states and countries)
2 to 5 feet tall with rhizomous roots
Inflorescence is a raceme. Specimen has 11 bright pink blossoms towards apex of stem, apopetalous, aposepalous (each corolla has 4 distinct obovate petals and calyx has 4 distinct lanceolate sepals). Bi-radial? symmetry. Multiple terminal miniscule buds.
Lower simple leaves are pinnate, mostly opposite, but some above those on the stem are alternate, petioles very short. Appears to be a perfect plant with pistils and 8 stamens observed. (didynamous?) Anthers appear versatile dorsifixed. Longitudinal inferior ovary.