False Solomon's Seal
(feathery false lily of the valley)

Maianthemum racemosum
(Smilacina racemosa)

Maianthemum racemosum, photo © by Mike Plagens

In a shady ravine near Washington Park, Gila Co., Arizona. 18 May 2013.

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FLOWERS: The very small, white flowers are on a branched inflorescence above the leaves. The sepals and petals number 3 or 6 and are less than a millimeter long.

LEAVES: Broad, elliptical leaves have parallel veins and there are several along the stems.

PERENNIAL: Stems entirely herbaceous above ground from perennial underground rhizomes. Height about 50  to 70 cm; under ideal conditions many stems will form a thicket.

RANGE: Found in woodlands and forest edges throughout much of North America.

FRUIT: Green, round or three-lobed berries turn deep red with about three seeds each.


Asparagaceae -- Asparagus Family

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