Drummond's Skullcap
Scuttelaria drummondii; Mint Family (Labiatae)

The blooming period for this species is March-April, so it may not be possible to obtain better images this year.

This tiny plant was found near the path in the southwest sector of the native portion of Fern Bluff Park on April 7, 2001. It is one of those that is easily missed, because the flowers are so small and rest of the plant is, at first glance, unremarkable.

The identification of this flower as S. drummondii is still tentative. Drummond's skullcap is described in the literature as being remarkably hairy, with long, spreading hairs on the stems and long hairs on the calyx. While this specimen is clearly pubescent, the hairs do not appear to be as extensive as would be expected. Otherwise, the features shown seem to fit quite well. It is, without a doubt, a skullcap of some kind, because of the distinctive white crest, on the upper surface of the blossom, that is marked with purple dots.

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