Summer Wildflowers of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Liliaceae
Medeola virginiana (Indian Cucumber)
Flower colorpale yellow
Number of petals6
Petal fusionfree
Lea arrangementwhorled
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginsentire
Leaf/leaflet shapeelliptic
Fruit typefleshy
Fruit colordark purple to black
Flowering datesJune - July
Fruiting datesAug - Sept
HabitatMoist woods
LocalityThroughout
DescriptionThis unbranched plant has a whorl of 5 - 9 leaves in the middle of the slightly wooly stem. The nodding flowers with recurved petals are produced in the axils of a whorl of three leaves at the tip of the stem.
Commentroots edible
Habit photoTB
Flower photoTB
Fruit photo