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Rue Anemone, Anemone Meadow-rue - Thalictrum thalictroides


Family: Ranunculaceae - Buttercup family Genus Common Name: Meadow-rue Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Herb
Thalictrum thalictroides - Rue Anemone, Anemone Meadow-rue. Low-growing spring wildflower of the eastern United States; less than a foot tall. Blossoms are pink to pure white with distinctively-shape pistils.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Distribution of Thalictrum thalictroides 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, 29 May 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-March-18Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/125f/5.6 ISO100
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv) Flash: Yes
Thalictrum thalictroides doesn't have any petals, but rather has 6 to 10 white or pinkish showy sepals. It has many thin-filamented stamens above a cluster of several green urn-shaped pistils.
Thalictrum thalictroides

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-April-02Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
1/125f/8 ISO220
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv)
Rue Anemone will usually have multiple thin-stemmed blossoms rising above the upper leaves. It can easily be confused with False Rue Anemone, which looks similar, but False Rue Anemone will usually have 5 white sepals (no petals), and the leaves are deeply lobed.
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Thalictrum thalictroides

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-March-21Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/125f/5.6 ISO100
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv) Flash: Yes
Rue anemone's blossoms rise above a whorl of leaves, each with three leaflets which have slight indentations, forming 3 lobes per leaflet. The plant also has basal leaves, not shown in this photograph
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Thalictrum thalictroides

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