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Starry False Solomon's Seal, Starry False Lily of the Valley, Starflower False Solomon's Seal Star-flowered Solomon's Plume - Maianthemum stellatum


Family: Liliaceae - Lily family Genus Common Name: Mayflower Native Status: NativePerennial Herb
Maianthemum stellatum - Starry False Solomon's Seal, Starry False Lily of the Valley, Starflower False Solomon's Seal Star-flowered Solomon's Plume. Maianthemum stellatum is officially listed as Endangered or otherwise protected in Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee. It is found throughout the United States except in the Southeast and in Hawaii, being based in Georgia I had never seen it before a spring visit to Idaho. The most widespread of the five U.S. Maianthemum species (there are 30 worldwide) is M. racemosum, which is found in every state except Hawaii. Some authorities place this plant (along with 3 other Maianthemum) in the Smilacina genus.

Found in:
AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Maianthemum stellatum

Distribution of Maianthemum stellatum in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 Aug 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Ponderosa State Park, Valley County, ID Date: 2012-May-31Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
The white tepals of Starry False Solomonís Seal are widespread - star-shaped. They also have 6 stamens. They hang from the raceme on a pedicel that may be around Ĺ inch long.
Maianthemum stellatum

Site: Ponderosa State Park, Valley County, ID Date: 2012-May-31Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Starry False Solomonís Seal has narrower leaves than those of Feathery False Solomonís Seal, and the blossom cluster is much looser and each blossom is larger. Both have alternate leaves.
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Maianthemum stellatum

Site: Ponderosa State Park, Valley County, ID Date: 2012-June-01Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
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Maianthemum stellatum

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