Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Red Turtlehead
Chelone obliqua var. obliqua
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4T3T4Q
State Rank: S1

Streambanks, swamp forests (Weakley 2011); alluvial swamps, wet woods.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Mid August to late October.
Fruiting Period: Early November to late November.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This species occurs in wet woods in the Cumberland Plateaus region, is 3-7 dm tall and has opposite lanceolate leaves. Corolla is purple throughout and staminodium white. The upper bracts are acute to acuminate and sepals slightly ciliolate, corolla 25-32 mm long.

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or impacts due to erosion. Disturbance of surrounding areas such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
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