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Gentian Family Gentianaceae


After orchids I would image gentians are the next most charismatic family of flowers. In Dorset we have some larger but scarce gentians which attract attention but the family includes the centaury group which have smaller flowers and are probably less exciting to the flower hunters.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Recent Records Guidance Notes

For more information about a species click/tap its photograph:

Autumn Gentian

Gentianella amarella

Early Gentian

Gentianella anglica

Marsh Gentian

Gentiana pneumonanthe

Slender Centaury

Centaurium tenuiflorum

Common Centaury

Centaurium erythraea


Blackstonia perfoliata

Yellow Centaury

Cicendia filiformis