Streptopus lanceolatus (Aiton) Reveal - Rose Twisted-stalk


 

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Streptopus lanceolatus - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Liliaceae

Habitat

Rich woods.

Associates

 

 Distribution

Labrador and Newfoundland, west to northern MN, south to NJ, PA, and southern MI, and in mountains to NC.

Morphology

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.

Notes

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.

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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