Gentiana alba Muhl. ex Nutt.  
Family: Gentianaceae
cream gentian, pale gentian, yellow gentian
[Gentiana flavida A.Gray]
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Etymology: Gentiana: named after Gentius, King of Illyria, who around 500 B.C. found the roots of the herb yellow gentian or bitterwort to have a healing effect on his malaria-stricken troops
Plants: erect to drooping, perennial, 2'-3' tall forb, smooth, usually not branched; stems stout
Leaves: mostly stalkless, smooth, yellow-green
Flowers: cream, 5-parted, 1 1/4"-2" long, tubular-shaped with small opening at the top and irregular folds between the petals; inflorescence a dense, many-flowered cluster; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Habitat: moist; meadows, prairies, woods
Conservation Status: Threatened
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Mark Mittelstadt  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Christopher Noll  
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Paul Drobot  
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