FSEEC_150C

Twinleaf


Scientific Name     

Jeffersonia diphylla  L. Pers.

Family Name

Berberidaceae (Barberry family) 

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habitat

leaves

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flower

developing fruit

Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

rich woods

Plant Height:  

15-20 cm; erect stem

Flower Color:  

white

Flower:  

perfect; complete; to 2.5 cm wide with 8 petals; 4 sepals that fall off 

Inflorescence:  

single flower on long pedicle

Fruit:  

pear-shaped, capsule

Leaves:  

basal; long stalked; divided lengthwise into 2 leaflets; entire; each leaflet ovate to reniform 

Bloom Time:  

April-May

Origins:  

native

Other:  

genus named for Thomas Jefferson by Jefferson friend and botanist William Bartram; prefers calcareous soils; this little beauty is a quick bloomer loosing its petals as soon as the flowers are fertilized