Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Medeola virginiana L. image
Photographer: Kenneth J. Sytsma           

Botanical Illustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Kitty Kohout
Family Liliaceae
Medeola virginiana L.
Indian cucumber-root
Medeola: for sorceress Medea, for attributed medicinal uses
virginiana: of Virginia
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Status: Special Concern
Plant: erect, perennial, 12"-28" tall forb, woolly when young; stems hairy, unbranched; thick, edible, tuber-like rhizomes
Flower: greenish to yellow, 6-parted, 1/2" wide, petal-like tepals turning backward; inflorescence a nodding, terminal cluster (umbel) of 3-9 stalked flowers; blooms May-July
Fruit:purple/black, rounded berry
Leaf:whorled, lance-like with pointed tips and pointed, touching bases; lower whorls of 5-11 leaves, upper whorl overhangs the flowers
Habitat: moist; woods; in rich soil

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There are no synonyms for this taxon.

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