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[Caulophyllum thalictroides var. thalictroides (L.) Michx., more]
Etymology: Caulophyllum: Greek kaulos for "stem" and phyllum for "leaf"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb, smooth
Leaves: large, from above the middle of the stem; 3-parted into leaflets which are again 3-parted and 2-5-lobed
Flowers: green to yellow, 6-parted, 3/8"-1/2" wide; inflorescence a branched, terminal cluster (cyme) of 5-70 flowers; blooms April-May
Fruits: dark blue, berry-like, stalked
Habitat: moist; woods, forests; in rich soil
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada" David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Purple Sage - Ethnobotanical Information: Detailed usage, preparation, and other helpful information