Turtlehead
Red Turtlehead - Purple Turtlehead
Chelone obliqua
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is stream edges, swamp forests and margin of bogs. Distribution is in the upper reaches of the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem, no leaf stalks, widest at the middle to lance-like, forms an angle to the right with sides less than equal. Margins are toothed and leaf base is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are in a spike-like raceme (single flowers on the stalk arranged one above the other). Calyx is five-lobed; corolla has two lips, four stamens. Color is rose to pink or white. Flowers occur in early autumn.

Fruit is a capsule.

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