First county record for Mayapple!

Citizen science at work here! Yesterday I recorded a patch of Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum. Flower bud not yet open but I hope to see that in a few days. The somewhat umbrella-like leaf structure is distinctive, and varies from having 3 to 9 lobes per leaf. It grows to maybe 1.5’ tall and the entire plant is toxic except for the fruit when ripe yellow. The plant spreads via rhizomes underground and sprouts up individual new plants, which are thus clones, forming a patch of plants, which are all the same individual, like trembling aspen!
I looked up its known distribution - Jackson county only, in Florida! Both INaturalist records and the Florida Plant Atlas are Jackson Co only. The plant is native and its range extends to Canada!

Publicado el febrero 26, 2024 08:30 TARDE por ingolfaskevold ingolfaskevold


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