EGG-LEAF SKULLCAP
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Scutellaria ovata  Hill
Cherokee County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 12-32 inches
Family: Lamiaceae - Mint Family
Flowering Period:   June, July
Stems: Ascending to erect, square in cross section, branched above, densely glandular-pubescent.
Leaves: Cauline, opposite, simple: petiole .2 to 2 inches; blade cordate to narrowly ovate or triangular-ovate, 2 to 3.6 inches long, .8 to 2.4 inches wide, base cordate, margins crenate to coarsely serrate, tip obtuse to acute, surfaces densely glandular-pubescent.
Inflorescences: Racemes, terminal; bracts broadly ovate to ovate.
Flowers: Calyx 1/8 to 1/6 inch; corolla blue, 3/5 to 1 inch, strongly 2-lipped, lower lip with white patches, 3-lobed, medial lobe much larger than lateral lobes, upper lip entire or notched, hood-like; stamens 4, included, ascending under upper lip, filaments slightly arched; style 1, appearing basal or medial; stigmas 2.
Fruits: Mericarps 4, dark brown to black, 1/20 to 1/16 inch, uniformly tuberculate; seeds 1 per mericarp.
Habitat: Oak-hickory forests and woodlands, often in sandy soil
Distribution: Eastern tier of counties plus Chautauqua County
Origin: Native
Comments: Scutellaria, dish, alluding to the cap or protuberance on the calyx.

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