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Podophyllum peltatum is a distinct, one or two large leaved, 1 to 2 ft (30 to 60 cm) tall perennial forb, often in clones. Leaves: Leaves are peltate, meaning the long stem is attached in the center of the leaf, giving it an ‘umbrella’ appearance. Plants have just one leaf if they are not in the flowering stage; reproductive plants have two leaves. Leaves themselves have 5 to 9 deeply divided lobes. Each leaf can be up to 1 in (30 cm) long. They are a light to deep green, hairless, and appear rubbery. Flowers: Each reproductive plant bears a single white, 6 to 9-parted (petaled), 1 to 2.5 in (2.5 to 6.25 cm) wide flower, which droops downward from the junction of the two leaves. Petals are rounded at the top, and overlap each other. The reproductive parts of the flower are yellow. The flower is very fragrant. Fruits: A fleshy green to yellow berry, 1 to 2 in (2 to 5 cm), with many seeds. The mayapple gets its’ common name by the resemblance of this berry to a small apple. Habitat: Moist woodlands in partial shade. Ontario to Nova Scotia, south from Florida to Texas. Bloom time: May, as the name suggests.


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