Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Cynoglossum boreale Fernald image
Photographer: Hugh H. Iltis           

Kitty Kohout
Family Boraginaceae
Cynoglossum boreale Fernald
northern wild comfrey
Cynoglossum: Greek for "dog's tongue"
boreale: northern
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 16"-32" tall forb; stems unbranched; taprooted
Flower: blue to purple, 5-parted, 1/4"- 1/3" wide, oblong-funnel shape, lobes oblong and not overlapping; inflorescence usually 3 terminal clusters (racemes) maturing to 4"-8" long on a long, leafless stalk; blooms May-June
Fruit:nutlet evenly bristly on the outer, rounded surface; no edges seed drawing
Leaf:stem leaves stalkless and clasping; basal leaves elliptical to oblong and stalked
Habitat: woods, uplands

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Cynoglossum virginianum L. var. boreale (Fernald) Cooperr.

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