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Streptopus lanceolatus (Aiton) Reveal
Twistedstalk, Rosy Twisted-stalk
USDA Symbol: stla16
A branching plant with zigzag stems and nodding, pink, bell-shaped flowers on short twisted stalks rising near leaf axils.
This plant is easily recognized by its branching habit and distinctly twisted flower stalks. The arching stems and orderly arrangement of leaves resemble those of fairybells (Prosartes) and False Solomons Seal (Maianthemum racemosum). However, Streptopus (meaning twisted foot, in reference to the contorted flower stalk) seems to break a botanical rule: The flowers appear not to grow from leaf axils as usual; they actually do, but the base of the flower stalk is fused to the stem up to the level of the next leaf so that it appears to grow from there. The similar White Mandarin (S. amplexifolius) has greenish-white flowers and clasping leaves; it is found from Alberta to Newfoundland south to Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and in the north-central United States from Michigan to Minnesota.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WV Canada: NL Native Distribution:
Alaska south through British Columbia to Oregon; also Manitoba east to Newfoundland, south to Georgia, west to Tennessee, and north to Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Native Habitat:
Moist woods, thickets, and streambanks.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-28
Research By: TWC Staff