Summer Wildflowers of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Maianthemum racemosum (False Solomon's Seal)
Flower colorwhite
Number of petals6
Petal fusionfree
Lea arrangementalternate
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginsentire
Leaf/leaflet shapeelliptic
Fruit typefleshy
Fruit colorgreen to red
Flowering datesJune
Fruiting datesAug-Sept
HabitatRocky, open woods
DescriptionThis plant has a single arching stem that is 1 - 2 feet long. The leaves are broad and parallel veined. The small white flowers are produced in a branched inflorescence at the tip of the stem. The fruits are initially white with red spots but turn red when fully mature.
CommentPrevious name = Smilacina racemosa
Habit photoPW
Flower photoTB
Fruit photoKBS
Fruit photo 2KBS