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Shrub Yellowroot - Xanthorhiza simplicissima


Family: Ranunculaceae - Buttercup family Genus Common Name: Barberry Native Status: Native
Xanthorhiza simplicissima - Shrub Yellowroot. Shrub yellowroot gets its name from the yellow interior of the roots and stem. The root contains berberine, from which it gets its yellow color, and probably is what has led to its use in traditional medicines.

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Distribution of Xanthorhiza simplicissima 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, 23 Mar 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: The Glen, Hamilton County, TN Date: 2009-March-22Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/125f/5.6 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
Pinnately compound leaves and racemes of purple to yellow-green blossoms are near the top of the unbranched stem.
Xanthorhiza simplicissima

Site: The Glen, Hamilton County, TN Date: 2009-March-22Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/125f7.1 ISO200
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv)
I like the star-like shape made by the maroon sepals of the petal-less Shrub Yellowroot.
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Xanthorhiza simplicissima

Site: The Glen, Hamilton County, TN Date: 2009-March-22Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/125f/4.8 ISO100
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
95mm (142 equiv) Flash: Yes
Shrub yellowroot grows to about 2 feet tall.
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Xanthorhiza simplicissima

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