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Actaea racemosa (Black baneberry)
Cressler, Alan

Actaea racemosa

Actaea racemosa L.

Black Baneberry

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)


USDA Symbol: ACRA7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Obovate , Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Dentate , Incised , Serrate
Leaf Apex: Acuminate , Acute
Leaf Base: Cordate , Cuneate
Inflorescence: Panicle , Raceme
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV
Canada: ON , QC

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Actaea racemosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Actaea racemosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Actaea racemosa


Record Modified: 2023-05-03
Research By: SET

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