Etymology: Agalinis: "remarkable flax" in botanical Latin.
Plants: erect, annual, 8"-24" tall forb, yellowish-green, pale when dry, many erect branches; stems rounded; partially parasitic
Leaves: opposite, narrow, yellowish-green, the side branches with few small leaves
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, long stalked, 4 stamens with the lower stamens longer; usually a solitary flower at the ends of the branches or main stem; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruits: roundish, up to 1/5" long capsule with yellowish-brown seeds
Habitat: dry; woods, hills, barrens
Conservation Status: Threatened
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos