Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


905

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in moist forests, esp at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 tepals

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Maianthemum canadense   FAMILY Ruscaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Maianthemum canadense   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-07-001:
Maianthemum canadense   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Unifolium canadense

 

COMMON NAME:
Canada Mayflower, False Lily-of-the-valley, Wild Lily-of-the-valley


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_unca_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120426_724

April    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm0505o_15

May    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm060508_178

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm070519_043

May    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Seldom exceeding 6" tall, w 2-3 glossy leaves w clasping, heart-shaped bases, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_895

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

The 4 tepals (2 sepals, 2 petals) are elliptic, reflexed & about 0.1" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm160503_235

May    Haywood-Jackson Counties    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Keith Bradley    kab_m_canadense_8380

May    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmcanadense_rbbrp1

May        

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Tim Spira    tpsmcanadense1

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm0508c_07

August    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

The 2-3 leaves are smooth, sessile or short-stalked, w a heart-shaped base, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Will Stuart    wil_8448010613_b8a6b801a2

August    Avery County    NC

Grandfather Mountain

The small fruit are very distinct, turning a speckled, then bright, ruby red. — Will Stuart

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmcanadense_mj1

Month Unknown    Ashe County    NC

Mount Jefferson