Maianthemum species

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Scientific Name Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule (Smilacina racemosa) USDA PLANTS Symbol MARAA
Common Name Western Solomon's Seal, Feathery False Lily of the Valley ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 524296
Family Asparagaceae (Asparagus) (formerly Ruscaceae) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 10500 ft.); moist shady areas in open woodlands and along streambanks.
Plant: Perennial with erect stems 12 to 36 inches tall.
Leaves: Seven to 12 stem leaves 2 to 8 inches long, alternate, clasping or sessile, stalkless, or short-stalked; oblong-elliptic to ovate shape.
Inflorescence: Branched, oval- or pyramid-shaped, terminal panicle of many (70 to 250), spreading, short-stalked white flowers, 2 to 5 inches long; each flower less than 1/3-inch across with 6 white tepals and 6 stamens longer/wider than tepals.
Bloom Period: May to July.
Fruit: Berries initially green becoming red, spherical or 3-lobed, less than 1/4-inch across. References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Flora of North America and e-Flora BC.
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Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Maianthemum stellatum (Smilacina stellata) USDA PLANTS Symbol
MAST4
Common Name Starry Solomon's Seal, Starry False Lily of the Valley ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
503565
Family Asparagaceae (Asparagus) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine. Moist woods, open meadows, along streams, shorelines.
Plant: Erect perennial up to 2 feet tall (usually less), single leafy stem.
Leaves: Stem leaves up to 6 inches long, alternate, somewhat clasping, stalkless, lanceolate, often folded.
Inflorescence: Clusters of small flowers 3/4 to 2 inches long, each flower about 1/3-inch across with 6 white tepals and 6 stamens.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native

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