Actaea rubra

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Scientific Name Actaea rubea USDA PLANTS Symbol ACRU2
Common Name Red Baneberry, Western Baneberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 18723
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (6800 to 12000 ft.); moist areas in woodlands, streamsides.
Plant: Deciduous perennial from 1 to 3+ feet tall with one to several branched stems.
Leaves: Long-stalked alternate, two to three times compound into three ovate to elliptic leaflets 3/4 to 4 inches long, each sharply toothed and/or lobed.
Inflorescence: Many small white flowers in racemes at the ends of branches (terminal) or at leaf axils (axilliary) with 5 to 10 spoon-shaped petals and 3 to 5 whitish-green sepals; many stamens, longer than petals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: Showy, poisonous, red or white berries, ellipsoid in shape and less than 1/2-inch long; black dot on the end.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, eFlora BC and the US Forest Service.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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