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Flowers in terminal spike; paired leaves evident

Chelone glabra

Common Name: Turtlehead
Family: Scrophulariaceae
  


Entry Author:  C. Westring
Description:  Perennial herb
Leaves: 
7 to 15 cm, narrow, sharply toothed, simple, paired, lanceolate leaves
Flowers: 
Tight cluster of swollen white flowers with short petioles.  Flowers are crowded into terminal spikes up to 10 cm long. 
Seeds: 
Within spherical capsules, up to 1.5 cm in diameter
Stem: Slender, erect, branched or unbranched, smooth
Branching Pattern:
   Opposite
Height:  30-90 cm
Conditions/Habitat/Kind of Forest:  Moist meadows, thickets, and stream banks
Range:  Eastern half of the United States
Conservation Status-US/ World Wide:  Common except in New York (vulnerable)
Uses (Human):  Used in American folk medicine for a wide variety of ailments

References:
   

Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains.  February 23, 2005.  Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.  Accessed: November 29, 2005.  <http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/othrdata/plntguid/species/chelglab.htm>

Plants for a Future.  June 2004.  Accessed: November 29, 2005.  <http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Chelone+glabra>

Thieret, John W.   National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers: Eastern Region (Rev. Ed.).  New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 2001.

Urban Horticulture.  2005.  North Carolina State University.  Accessed:  November 29, 2005. <http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/wildflowers/chelone_glabra.html>

USDA, NRCS. 2005. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

This page was created by: C. Westring, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 12/21/05