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Labrador and Newfoundland, west to northern MN, south to NJ, PA, and southern MI, and in mountains to NC.
Rhizomatous perennial. Stem simple or branched, 30-80 cm, sparsely and finely hairy at the nodes. Leaves lanceolate or lance-ovate, acuminate, sessile but not clasping, rounded at the base, finely ciliate. Flowers axillary, solitary, on peduncles 1-3 cm jointed at or below the middle; tepals 6, pink with red streaks, essentially alike but the outer whorl often slightly wider, 1 cm, spreading near the tip; anthers double-pointed; style lobes about 1 mm. Fruit a red, subglobose, many-seeded berry, about 1 cm wide.
Flowers May to July
Wetland indicator: Facultative
At first glance could be mistaken for Maianthemum racemosum but for the branched stem and pink, axillary flowers.
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 © 2009