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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

41. Lamiaceae, the Mint Family

3. Physostegia Benth. -- Obedient plant

2. Physostegia parviflora Nutt. ex A. Gray

Stems 2-8 dm tall, from a slender caudex or short rhizome. Leaves lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, rarely ovate, 4-12 cm long, 0.7-2 cm wide, acute to obtuse at the tip, remotely serrate or dentate to subentire, rounded to subcordate and clasping at the base. Racemes 5-10 cm long; bracts ovate to lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, to about 1/2 as long as the calyx. Calyx 3-5(6) mm long in flower, to 7 mm long in fruit, sparsely stipitate glandular, the teeth triangular, 1-1.5 mm long; corolla lavender to purple-lavender, 9-16 mm long, puberulent and usually with stipitate glands. Nutlets 2.1-3.3 mm long. Jul--Aug. Wet meadows, shores and stream banks; rare, with records from nc ND and w NE; (sw Man., n ND, s Sask.; also w NE, WY and w MT to n OR, WA and B.C.).
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