P/P Photoweek: Mayapple Flower (V.10..2004)

mayapple flower

Mayapple flower (Podophyllum peltatum = Foot-like + shield-like) . . . North American native.

Mayapple is a forest perennial of the
Barberry Family. It forms a uniform colony
of plants reaching only about 25 cm above the forest floor. Each plant has a single
stalk, a single leaf, and a single flower. [Shown above.]  Later during the summer,
the flower develops into a puply yellow fruit -- the apple. The beautiful structure
of the flower is easily missed, not only because it faces the ground, but also
because they are largely covered by the umbrella-like leaf canopy. 

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(Photograph was made Sunday, the 2nd of May, 2004.)

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