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Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule (Feathery false lily of the valley)
Glase, Terry

Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule

Maianthemum racemosum (L.) Link ssp. amplexicaule (Nutt.) LaFrankie

Feathery False Lily Of The Valley, Western False Solomon's Seal, Solomon's Plume, False Spikenard

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Maianthemum amplexicaule, Maianthemum racemosum var. amplexicaule, Smilacina amplexicaulis, Smilacina amplexicaulis var. glabra, Smilacina amplexicaulis var. jenkinsii, Smilacina amplexicaulis var. ovata, Smilacina racemosa var. amplexicaulis, Smilacina racemosa var. brachystyla, Smilacina racemosa var. glabra, Smilacina racemosa var. jenkinsii, Vagnera amplexicaulis, Vagnera amplexicaulis var. glabra


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

This western subspecies of Maianthemum racemosum has longer flower clusters and shorter leaves than the eastern M. racemosum ssp. racemosum.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr
Bloom Notes: Flowering mid-spring. (Webref 3).


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NM , NV , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NT , SK
Native Habitat: Deciduous woodlands, persisting along shaded roadsides and urban and suburban wooded tracts. (Webref 3).

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) 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 Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule


Record Modified: 2023-01-04
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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