Chelone cuthbertii


Fl. S.E. U.S., 1058, 1337. 1903.

Common names: Cuthbert’s turtlehead
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 58. Mentioned on page 57.

Stems 23–100 cm. Leaves: petiole 0–3 mm; blade broadly lanceolate to ovate, 49–115 × 10–36 mm, base rounded, margins once-serrate, teeth 2–7 per cm, abaxial surface glabrous or pilose, adaxial usually glabrous. Cymes 25–70 mm; bracts 3–8 × 3–8 mm, ape× obtuse to acute. Flowers: calyx lobes 5–9 × 3–6 mm, margins not or sparsely ciliate; corolla pink-red to purple, tube 11–19 mm, abaxial lobes 8–17 × 3–11 mm, adaxial slightly keeled; palate yellow-bearded; adaxial filaments 11–23 mm; staminode 6–15 mm, ape× purple; style 16–24 mm. 2n = 28.

Phenology: Flowering Jul–Oct.
Habitat: Bogs, streamsides, wet streamheads, swamps.
Elevation: 0–1200 m.


Chelone cuthbertii occurs in the coastal plain and Appalachian regions. The species can be distinguished from others of the genus by its short petioles and purple-tipped staminodes.

Chelone cuthbertii is rare throughout its range, making it especially vulnerable to extinction. Drainage of wetlands and bog succession threaten the habitat where the species is found (NatureServe,

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Lower Taxa