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White Turtlehead

Chelone glabra

Description:

Smooth plant with white, tubular, two-lipped flowers that resemble turtle heads. The flowers are arranged in tight, terminal clusters.

Habitat:

Growing on the edge of a mixed forest, next to a pond.

Notes:

There are numerous medicinal uses of this plant, including treating worms, stimulating appetite, treating jaundice, and helping reduce inflammation. It also contains a bitter resin with glycosides. There are numerous insect species that feed on the plant, and they accumulate the plant's bitter compounds, which deters predation.

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2 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Yes! I don't see them often, and was happy to find some.

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 3 years ago

One of my faves! I was so pleased to spot this on our land near the end of summer!

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2017
Submitted on Dec 31, 2017

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