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Observed along First Water Trail, Superstition Wilderness, Arizona, USA. 03 May 2009.
FLOWER: Vivid, blue-purple, two-lipped flowers. Several flowers from the
leaf axiles at each node. The name skullcap comes from the odd shape of the
calyx, just below the petals. The green calyx is also two lipped, but also has
a flap projection on the dorsal surface that expands as the flower opens and
matures. Indeed it looks like a little green cap.
By some authorities the subspecies occurring in Arizona is elevated to full species rank: Scutellaria platyphylla.
LEAVES: Elyptic leaves are opposite on stems. Also note the stems that
are slightly square in cross-section, a common trait of the mint family.
Lamiaceae -- Mint Family
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