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Project Data     (Last Modified On 7/9/2009)
Status: Native


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7b. ssp. ovata

S. ovata var. versicolor (Nutt.) Fernald

S. ovata ssp. versicolor (Nutt.) Epling

Plants relatively robust, the stems mostly 30–80 cm long. Leaf blades mostly 3–7 cm long, not appearing strongly puckered, the veins slightly to moderately impressed on the upper surface, slightly to moderately raised on the undersurface. Inflorescences with the bracts not extending past the calyces of the flowers they subtend (except rarely in some late-season inflorescences). Corollas with the lower lip white with blue spots or fine mottling and sometimes a narrow blue band along the margins. 2n=20. May–October.

Scattered, mostly south of the Missouri River, north locally to Sullivan and Marion Counties (eastern U.S. west to Minnesota and Texas). Bottomland forests, mesic upland forests, glades, banks of streams and rivers, and bases, ledges, and tops of bluffs; also roadsides.

This subspecies tends to occur in somewhat more mesic habitats than the other two subspecies.



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