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Agalinis skinneriana


Agalinis skinneriana is a species of flowering plant in the broomrape family known by the common names Skinner's gerardia,<ref>Template:Citation</ref> Skinner's false foxglove and pale false foxglove. It is native to North America, where it occurs in Ontario south to Missouri and Louisiana.<ref name=cpc>Agalinis skinneriana. Template:Webarchive Center for Plant Conservation.</ref>

This plant is an annual herb with four-angled stems growing up to 40 centimeters tall. The linear leaves are oppositely arranged and each is up to 2.5 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a raceme of pink or white flowers each up to 1.6 centimeters long. Blooming occurs in August through October.<ref name=tnc>Agalinis skinneriana. The Nature Conservancy.</ref> The flowers are visited by bees.<ref name=dier>Dieringer, G. (1999). Reproductive biology of Agalinis skinneriana (Scrophulariaceae), a threatened species. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 126(4) 289-95.</ref> However, each flower is open for only a few hours and it may pollinate itself.<ref name=cpc/> This plant is similar to and difficult to distinguish from several other Agalinis.<ref name=tnc/>

This plant grows on prairies.<ref name=dier/> It can also be found in woods, barrens, and thickets.<ref name=cpc/> It is associated with other plants such as Agalinis purpurea, Aletris farinosa, Andropogon gerardi, Aster ptarmicoides, Calopogon tuberosus, Liatris spicata, Lobelia kalmii, Pycnanthemum virginianum, and Solidago ohioensis<ref name=cpc/> The plant often grows in habitat maintained by a regime of periodic wildfire.<ref name=tnc/> Fire suppression is a threat to it.<ref name=cpc/>



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