Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Maianthemum racemosum (L.) Link subsp. racemosum image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Emmet J. Judziewicz

John M. Schoeneker

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Robert Bierman

Robert W. Freckmann

Stephen L. Solheim
Family Liliaceae
Maianthemum racemosum (L.) Link subsp. racemosum
false Solomon's-seal, false spikenard, large false Solomon's-seal, Solomon's-plume
Maianthemum: from Maius for "May" and anthemon for "flower"
racemosum: Latin for "having a raceme" (cluster of flowers each on its own stalk and arranged along a single central stem)
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 16"-32" tall forb; finely-hairy stems not branched below the flowers
Flower: white, 6-parted, 1/8" wide, starry; inflorescence a 4" many-flowered, large, branched, terminal, pyramid-shaped cluster; blooms May-June
Fruit:green and purple-dotted, rounded berry, ripening to red
Leaf:alternate, elliptical with pointed tip, stalkless but not clasping
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; woods, forests; in sandy, loamy, rich soil

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Flora of North America (off site)
Convallaria racemosa L.
Smilacina ciliata Desf.
Smilacina flexicaulis Wender.
Smilacina racemosa (L.) Desf. var. cylindrata Fernald
Smilacina racemosa (L.) Desf. var. lanceolata B.Boivin
Smilacina racemosa (L.) Desf. var. racemosa
Smilacina racemosa (L.) Desf. var. typica Fernald
Unifolium racemosum (L.) Britton
Vagnera australis Rydb.
Vagnera racemosa (L.) Morong
Vagnera retusa Raf.

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