Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Floerkea proserpinacoides Willd. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Andrew Hipp

Dennis W. Woodland

Merel R. Black
Family Limnanthaceae
Floerkea proserpinacoides Willd.
false mermaid, false mermaid-weed
Floerkea: for Gustav Heinrich Florke, German botanist
proserpinacoides: like Proserpinaca probably from proserpo for "creeping"
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Status: Native
Plant: tangling annual, 1"-6" tall forb; stems weak
Flower: white, 3-parted, 1/8" wide, oblong petals shorter than the sepals; solitary on long stalks from the leaf axils; blooms May-June
Fruit:warty, not smooth
Leaf:alternate, stalked, deeply divided into 3-7 narrowly oblong parts
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods, often in spring seeps; in rich soil

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