Chelidonium majus L.
Family: Papaveraceae
greater celandine
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Etymology: Chelidonium: Greek chelidon for "swallow". Ancient folklore tells that this plant tends to flower when the swallows return to nest in the spring until fall when they leave.
Plants: erect, biennial/perennial, 12"-32" tall forb, yellowish sap; stems branched, leafy, ribbed
Leaves: several, alternate, deeply lobed and pinnately-divided
Flowers: yellow, 4-parted, 3/4" wide; inflorescence a small, umbel-like cluster; blooms May-Aug.
Habitat: moderate moisture
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Invasiveness: Prohibited/Restricted Invasive - Eradicate!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
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Christopher Noll  
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Christopher Noll  
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Kurt Stüber  
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Merel R. Black  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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Botanical Illustration  
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Merel R. Black  
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Christopher Noll  
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Kurt Stüber  
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Botanical Illustration  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Merel R. Black  
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Christopher Noll  
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Botanical Illustration  
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