Geocaulon lividum (Richardson) Fernald
Family: Santalaceae
false toadflax,  more...
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Corey Raimond  
Etymology: Geocaulon: Greek geo for earth and caulos for "stem of plant," referring to long slightly subterranean but scarcely modified stems
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb
Leaves: elliptical to oval; 1/2"-1 1/2"; tip blunt to rounded
Flowers: greenish to purple, 5-parted, 1/8" wide, tepals triangular; inflorescence of usually 3 flowers per cyme-like cluster from the upper leaf axils, side flowers often drop leaving only the center one to mature; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: orange to red, juicy berry
Habitat: wet; bogs, and cold, conifer woods
Conservation Status: Endangered
Geocaulon lividum
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Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources  
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Kitty Kohout  
Geocaulon lividum image
Robert W. Freckmann  
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