Scutellaria racemosa Pers. - South American Skullcap

Scutellaria racemosa plant

Family - Lamiaceae

Stems:

N/A

Leaves:

Scutellaria racemosa leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Scutellaria racemosa flowers

Scutellaria racemosa flowers

Scutellaria racemosa calyxCalyx.

Flowering - March - November.

Habitat - Lawns, ditches.

Origin - Native to South America.

Other information - This little species can be found in just a handful of Alabama counties. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its ascending stems, hastate leaves, and tiny flowers. The flowers are one at each axil and paired at each node.
The genus name Scutellaria derives from the Latin "scutell(a)" meaning "a dish" in reference to the expanded fruiting calyx.
The species name racemosa derives from the Latin "racem(o)(us)" meaning "a cluster" referring to the flowers.

Alabama Distribution:

Scutellaria racemosa map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 5-25-05.


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