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Chironia dodecandra L. Sp. Pl. 190. 1753. Chironia chloroides Michx. Fl. Bor. Am. 1: 147. 1803. Sabbatia chloroides Pursh, Fl. Am. Sept. 138. 1814. Sabbatia dodecandra B.S.P. Prel. Cat. N. Y. 36. 1888.
Stem 1°-2° high, little branched or simple, terete or nearly so, the branches alternate. Basal leaves spatulate, obtuse, 1 1/2 - 3' long; stem leaves lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, acute, the uppermost usually narrowly linear; flowers few, pink, sometimes white, solitary at the ends of the branches or peduncles, 1 1/2'-2 1/2' broad; calyx-lobes narrowly linear, about one-half as long as the 8-12 spatulate-obovate corolla-segments; anthers coiled; style deeply 2-cleft, its divisions clavate; capsule globose-oval, 3" high.