Mayapple, Mandrake - Podophyllum pelatum (Barberry family - Berberidaceae)

 

Mayapple, Mandrake - Podophyllum pelatum (Barberry family - Berberidaceae) Single, nodding, waxy 6- to 9-petaled flower attached in the fork below the 2 large, deeply divided leaves. Fruit is a large lemon-like berry, which has been made into jams and jellies. 12 -8 in.

 




Frequently found in colonies. Rich woods, thickets and pastures. One often sees the umbrella-like leaves before the flower is seen nodding underneath. Locally it is often called Mandrake, but this name belongs to an unrelated European plant

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