Maianthemum stellatum (L.) Link  
Family: Asparagaceae
little false Solomon's-seal, starflower Solomon's-seal, starry false Solomon's-seal
[Convallaria stellata L., Smilacina liliacea (Greene) F.L.Wynd, Smilacina sessilifolia Nutt. ex Baker, Smilacina stellata (L.) Desf., Smilacina stellata var. crassa (L.) Desf., Smilacina stellata var. mollis (L.) Desf., Smilacina stellata var. sessilifolia (L.) Desf., Smilacina stellata var. sylvatica (L.) Desf., Unifolium liliaceum Greene, Unifolium stellautum (L.) Greene, Vagnera liliacea (Greene) Rydb., Vagnera sessilifolia (Nutt. ex Baker) Greene, Vagnera stellata (L.) Morong]
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Tim Kessenich  
Etymology: Maianthemum: from Maius for "May" and anthemon for "flower"
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb; stems not branched below the flowers
Leaves: alternate, 6 or more, lance-like with pointed tips, clasping, undersides finely hairy
Flowers: white, 6-parted, 1/3" wide, starry; inflorescence with a few to several flowers in a narrow, 2" long, terminal, almost stalkless cluster (raceme); blooms May-June
Fruits: green and blackish-striped berry, ripens to dark red
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods, sands, beaches; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Christopher Noll  
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Merel R. Black  
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Christopher Noll  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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