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Large-flowered Bellwort - Uvularia grandiflora


Family: Liliaceae Lily family Genus Common Name: Bellwort Native Status: Native
Uvularia grandiflora - Large-flowered Bellwort. This member of the lily family is one of the mid-spring wildflowers. It has lovely yellow flowers and attractive foliage. It is found throughout much of the eastern half of the United States, but is listed as an endangered species in Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NH, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

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

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 19 Jan 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-April-02Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
1/125 f7.1 ISO400
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
130mm (195 equiv)
The tepals of U. grandiflora have a definite twist in them, one of the species indicators.
Uvularia grandiflora

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-May-01Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
1/125 f/5.6 ISO200
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
60mm (90 equiv) Flash: Yes
Large-flowered Bellwort is one of two perfoliate Uvularia species - the stem "pierces" the leaf. The other species is Perfoliate Bellwort, which is a smaller plant, with smaller flowers, and a granular interior to the blossoms.
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Uvularia grandiflora

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-April-21Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
1/125 f/8 ISO720
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv) Flash: Yes
Uvularia grandiflora (and U. perfoliata) have an interesting 3-sided seed capsule.
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Uvularia grandiflora

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