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Large Flowered Bellwort


Scientific Name     

Uvularia grandiflora  J.E. Smith

Family Name

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

rich woods, steep slopes, prefers calcareous soil

Plant Height:  

20-50 cm; erect, simple to branching above; glabrous; from rhizomes and thickened roots

Flower Color:  

yellow

Flower:  

perfect; 6 nodding tepals, spirally curled; 6 erect stamens; 3-locular superior ovary; placentation axile; ovules many; 3 styles; stigmas slightly curved at apex 

Inflorescence:  

single flower terminating stems, appearing axillary by prolongation of branches

Fruit:  

capsule

Leaves:  

simple; entire; alternate; perfoliate (pierced by stem); rounded at base, acute at apex; glabrous 

Bloom Time:  

April-May

Origins:  

native

Other:  

roots and young shoots of U. grandiflora  can be eaten; traditionally, the plant was used to treat sore muscles, backaches, toothaches, and swelling; see also U. perfoliata