Common Names: Mayapple, American mandrake, wild mandrake, ground lemon
Sub-category: Barberry family
Mayapples are woodland plants, typically growing in colonies derived from a single root. The stems grow to 30 to 40 cm tall, with palmately lobed umbrella-like leaves up to 20 to 40 cm diameter with 3 to 9 shallowly to deeply cut lobes. The plants produce several stems from a creeping underground rhizome; some stems bear a single leaf and do not produce any flower or fruit, while flowering stems produce a pair or more leaves with 1 to 8 flowers in the axil between the apical leaves. The flowers are white, yellow or red, 2 to 6 cm diameter with 6 to 9 petals, and mature into a green, yellow or red fleshy fruit 2 to 5 cm long.
Often found growing in large colonies on the forest floor in spring.
Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
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