Clintonia borealis (Aiton) Raf. - Bluebead Lily


 

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Clintonia borealis - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Liliaceae

Habitat

Rich, moist woods. Shaded bogs.

Associates

 

Distribution

Labrador and Newfoundland west to Manitoba and MN, south to NJ, PA, northern IN, and south at high elevation to NC and TN.

Morphology

Rhizomatous perennial. Leaves 2-5, simple, glossy green, oblong to obovate, abruptly acuminate. Flowers 3-8 in an umbel on a long, erect scape, nodding, greenish-yellow; tepals 6. Fruit a blue to white berry.

Notes

Flowers May and June

Wetland Indicator: Facultative

Usually found on north-facing slopes or in deeply shaded woods.

References

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.

 


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