Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) photo = Mayapples_MAC_©DaveSpier_D029017iN
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) photo = Mayapple_MAC_©DaveSpier_D046334iN
G. Richard Thompson WMA, Fauquier County, VA 27 April 2013
3-leaf! Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum); unusual mutant(?) to have three leaves instead of the usual two; photo ref.: Mayapple(3-leaf)_ANP_©DaveSpier_D029927iN
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) photo refs.: Mayapple_ANP_©DaveSpier_D029882iN and Mayapple_ANP_©DaveSpier_D029889iN
flower bud not open yet; no photo; from a bio-inventory of the campground area just before the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
A very strange plant -- a pair of huge, flat leaves with a single big, showy white flower pointing sideways under them. A dominant species forming carpets on deciduous forest floors here. Native, strangely enough! And the source of podophyllin, which is used to treat warts.
Podophyllum peltatum, commonly called Mayapple, or May Apple, (or hogapple, Indian apple, mayflower, umbrella plant, wild lemon (flavor of the fruit), wild mandrake, American mandrake (shape of rhizomes) or "devil's apple" (used for Solanum linnaeanum elsewhere)), is a herbaceous perennial plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to deciduous forests in of eastern North America. Like many other spring ephemerals, it emerges from below ground before the canopy of the forest opens, and then slowly withers later...