Indian Cucumber-Root Medeola virginiana
Lily Liliaceae family

Leaves grow in "2 stories" - there is a whorl of 5-9 leaves in the middle of the stem, and an "upper deck" whorl of 3-5 leaves near the top of the stem. Leaves are smooth, and lance shaped.

1 or 2 greenish-yellow flowers hang down underneath the top deck of leaves - they are difficult to see. The sepals are opened so widely that they appear rolled back, and stamens are erect and reddish.

Form/Habitat:Indian cucumber-root is a common woodland flower with an edible tuberous root. It grows 1-2' high in rich, moist woods. Blooms in May.

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