Etymology: Adoxa: from Greek adoxos, obscure or insignificant
Plants: perennial forb, 2"-8" tall, delicate, with a musky odor
Leaves: alternate, basal leaves are long-stalked, 3-parted with lobed leaflets; one smaller, opposite pair are a bit above the middle of the stem
Flowers: yellow to green, 4-5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, petals united; inflorescence a head-like, long-stalked cluster (cyme); the 4, 5-parted, side flowers at right angles, the top flower 4-parted; blooms May-July
Fruits: dry berry with distinct hard seeds
Habitat: shade; moist; often mossy forests and shaded cliffs
Conservation Status: Threatened
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = FAC WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. 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"