Galeopsis tetrahit L.

Galeopsis tetrahit plant

Family - Lamiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Galeopsis tetrahit leavesPressed leaves.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Galeopsis tetrahit flowerFlower close-up.

Flowering - June - September.

Habitat - Waste ground, disturbed sites, low woods, railroads.

Origin - Native to Eurasia.

Other info. - This species is still fairly rare in Missouri but its range is expanding. At the time of Steyermark's book it had only been collected in one location. The plant is an aggressive weed but is nice to look at. The flowers of G. tetrahit are typically some shade of pink but, as you can see, they can be all white also.
The genus name "Galeopsis means "looks like a weasel" (early botanists thought that is what the corolla resembled), and the species epithet means "four-parted", probably for the ovary of the plant.

Photographs taken at Pictured Rocks National Seashore, MI., 7-24-02.


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