Scutellaria elliptica Muhl. - Skullcap

Scutellaria elliptica plant

Family - Lamiaceae

Stems:

N/A

Leaves:

Scutellaria elliptica petioleArrows show glandular hairs of the petiole.

Inflorescence:

Scutellaria elliptica inflorescence

Flowers:

Scutellaria elliptica calyxArrow shows glandular hairs of the calyx.

Scutellaria elliptica flower

Scutellaria elliptica flowers

Flowering - May - June.

Habitat - Mesic to dry open woods, roadsides.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This attractive little species can be found throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its glandular petioles and calices, crenate leaves, and purplish flowers.
The genus name Scutellaria derives from the Latin "scutell(a)" meaning "a dish" in reference to the expanded fruiting calyx.
The species epithet elliptica derives from the Greek "ellip(t)" meaning "wanting, falling short, elliptical" referring to the elliptic leaves. This is a bit of a misnomer as another species, S. incana Biehler, typically has more elliptical leaves than this species.

Alabama Distribution:

Scutellaria elliptica map

Photographs taken at the Current River Conservation Area, Reynolds County, MO., 6-20-01, and at Tuskegee National Forest, AL., 6-5-05.

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