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Melanthera nivea (Snow squarestem)
Cressler, Alan

Melanthera nivea

Melanthera nivea (L.) Small

Snow Squarestem

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Bidens nivea, Melanthera carpenteri, Melanthera hastata

USDA Symbol: MENI3

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: To about 7 feet in height.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AL , FL , GA , IL , KY , LA , MS , SC , TN

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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-30
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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