Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains
41. Lamiaceae, the Mint Family
3. Physostegia Benth. -- Obedient plant
1. Physostegia ledinghammii (Boivin) Cantino
Similar to and in most respects intermediate between the following two species,
distinguished only by a combination of characters: Leaves serrate, the
upper ones clasping the stem. Corolla 14-23 mm long, puberulent and usually
lacking stipitate glands. Nutlets 2.8-4 mm long. Jul--Aug. River and
stream banks, shores, floodplains and ditches; rare, with records from Burleigh
and McLean cos., ND; (Man. and w ND to Alta.).
Cantino (op. cit.) has determined that this entity, formerly recognized
as P. virginiana var. ledinghamii Boivin, is probably an allotetraploid
derivative of a cross between P. virginiana and P. parviflora.
The intermediate nature of P. ledinghamii and its doubled chromosome
number lend credence to this view. Because it is essentially reproductively
isolated from P. virginiana and P. parviflora, recognizing P.
ledinghamii as a distinct species is well justified despite morphological
overlaps with the former two species.
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