Chelone glabra turtlehead Scrophulariaceae CHGL; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001); Q, j (Stalter and Lamont. 2002); R, gb, t; (also often planted in wetland restorations and mitigations).

   

Chelone glabra (white turtlehead). MBGargiullo, NJ, 9/2017

Chelone glabra is a perennial herb, usually unbranched, to 80 or more cm tall, erect, stem square. 

Leaves opposite, lance-shaped to linear, to 15 cm long, margin toothed, stalk short or none. 

Chelone glabra flowers. Copyright David G. Smith. Delaware Wildflowers, PA 2004. delawarewldflowers.org

Chelone glabra flowers. Copyright David G. Smith. Delaware Wildflowers, PA 2004. delawarewldflowers.org (Accessed 1/2018).

Flowers white to pink-tinged, bilaterally symmetric, oblong, hooded, to 3.5 cm long, above 2-3 bracts, inflorescence of spikes to 8 cm long, blooming July- Aug. 

 

Chelone glabra fruit and seeds. Georgia Native Plant Society. gnps.org

Chelone glabra fruit and seeds. Georgia Native Plant Society. gnps.org (Accessed1/2018).

Fruit dry, a 2-parted capsule with numerous wind-dispersed seeds (Levine 1995). 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open marshes or understory of open swamp forest.