Photographer: Merel R. Black
Floerkea proserpinacoides Willd.
false mermaid, false mermaid-weed
Floerkea: for Gustav Heinrich Florke, German botanist
proserpinacoides: like Proserpinaca probably from proserpo for "creeping"
|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|