Chelone glabra L.
Family: Plantaginaceae
turtlehead,  more...
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Etymology: Chelone: Greek for "tortoise" referring to shape of flower to tortoise head
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'-3' tall forb, usually unbranched or with upper branches; stems smooth
Leaves: opposite, up to 6" long, linear to lance-like, toothed, hairless
Flowers: pale yellow to white, 5-parted, 1"-1 1/2" long, tube regular with 2 almost closed lips, upper lip with 2 shallow lobes; lower lip with 3 lobes with the center lobe bearded; inflorescence a 1"-3", dense spike at the end of the stems and branches; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: capsule, flat seeds with wide wings
Habitat: wet; streambanks, meadows, forests, woods
Conservation Status: Native
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