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Chelone lyonii Pursh. Appalachian Turtlehead. Phen: Jul-Sep; Oct. Hab: Cove forests, spruce-fir forests, balds, streambanks. Dist: W. NC and e. TN south to nw. SC, nw. GA (Zomlefer et al. 2018), and ne. AL. Scattered localities away from the Southern Appalachians are the result of horticultural use.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: The species is diploid (Nelson, Elisens, & Benish 1998).

Synonymy: = C, FNA17, GW2, K1, K3, K4, NE, RAB, Tn, W; = Chelone lyoni – F, G, S, Pennell (1935), orthographic variant

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW

Heliophily: 5

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Chelone lyonii, Lookout Mountain, Lula Lake Land Trust, Walker County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Jim Fowler | Original Image ⭷


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