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[Tomanthera auriculata (Michx.) Raf.]
Etymology: Tomanthera: possibly from tometum for "hairy"- referring to the hairy stems separating this genus from Agalinis
Plants: erect, annual, 12"-32" tall forb, simple or with a few branches, roughly hairy
Leaves: opposite, stalkless, lance-like, some with lobes at the base
Flowers: purple, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" long; inflorescence a leafy spike with stalkless flowers in the upper leaf axils; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Fruits: roundish capsule
Habitat: moderate moisture; prairies, open woods
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9 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 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key