Chelone glabra  L. - White Turtlehead


 

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Chelone glabra - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Habitat

Wet woods.

Associates

 

Distribution

Newfoundland west to MN, south to GA and AL.

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial to 80 cm, the stem simple or branching above. Leaves opposite, linear to lance-ovate, serrate, to 15 cm long, sessile or on a very short petiole. Flowers white to greenish, sometimes pink, in terminal spikes 3-8 cm long.   

Notes

Flowers July to September

Wetland indicator: Obligate

The name turtlehead refers to the shape of the flowers.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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