Photographer: Merel R. Black
Maianthemum canadense Desf.
Canada bead-ruby, Canada mayflower, wild lily-of-the-valley
Maianthemum: from Maius for "May" and anthemon for "flower"
canadense: of or referring to Canada
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-6" tall forb; stems not branched below the flowers|
|Flower: ||white, 4-parted, 3/8" wide, starry; inflorescence a 1"- 2 1/2", narrow, terminal, unbranched cluster of stalked flowers (raceme); blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||green-dotted, 1/8" round berry, ripens to deep red|
|Leaf:||alternate, 1 to 2, oval to oblong with pointed tips and heart-shaped bases|
|Habitat: ||moist; woods, forests|