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Chelone obliqua Linnaeus var. speciosa Pennell & Wherry. Midwestern Purple Turtlehead, Rose Turtlehead. Phen: Jul-Oct; Sep-Nov. Hab: Streambanks, swamp forests. Dist: MI and IA south to c. KY, sw. KY, and ne. AR.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Var. speciosa is hexaploid (Nelson, Elisens, & Benish 1998). This taxon is likely to be elevated to species rank (A. Nelson, pers. comm., 2023).

Synonymy: = F, FNA17, Il, K1, K3, K4; = Chelone obliqua L. ssp. speciosa (Pennell & Wherry) Pennell – Pennell (1935); < Chelone obliqua L. – C, G, GW2, Mi, S

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