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May Apple


Scientific Name     

Podophyllum peltatum L.

Family Name

Berberidaceae (Barberry family)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

moist, preferably open woods

Plant Height:  

30-50 cm, erect stem from rhizomes

Flower Color:  

white to pinkish

Flower:  

fragrant; nodding; 6-9 petals; 6 green sepals fall off early; stamens typically twice as many as the petals; ovary superior, unilocular 

Inflorescence:  

single flower borne in axis of 2 leaves; 1 per plant

Fruit:  

large, fleshy, lemon-colored berry; not developing until August

Leaves:  

to 30 cm wide; usually 2 per plant; opposite; terminate stem; blade 5-9 lobed; lobes can be entire to coarsely serrate 

Bloom Time:  

April-June

Origins:  

native

Other:  

leaves, roots and seeds are poisonous if ingested in large quantities; some have allergic reactions after handling rhizomes; fruit edible when ripe, can be used in jellies, for juice or eaten fresh; flower are short lived.