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Dry or mesic woods. Prairie remnants
Circumboreal, south into North America to PA, MO and southern California
Rhizomatous, colonial perennial. Leaves broad, lanceolate to elliptic, obtuse, mostly more than 1 cm long and 5 mm wide. Flowers 1-5 in cymes; petals white; sepals 2-3 mm, obtuse, much shorter than the petals. Fruit 6-valved.
Flowers April to July
Wetland Indicator: Upland
Some authors put this plant in the genus Moehringia L. and would call this plant Moehringia lateriflora (L.) Fenzl
Gleason, Henry A.
and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
Swink, F. and G.
Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.
© Michael Hough 2004