Hydrastis canadensis L.
Family: Ranunculaceae
goldenseal
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Etymology: Hydrastis: Greek hydro for "water"
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-20" tall forb; stems hairy; rhizomes yellow inside
Leaves: usually 1 basal and 2 alternate leaves on the stem near the top, widely heart-shaped with 5 toothed lobes and indented, palmate veins
Flowers: white, 7 or more-parted, 3 petal-like sepals falling off when the flower opens, no petals; stamens and pistils numerous forming a ball-like, solitary, terminal flower; blooms May
Fruits: red, 1-2 seeded berries in a rounded cluster
Habitat: shade; moderate moisture; woods; in rich soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Hydrastis canadensis
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Merel R. Black  
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Paul Drobot  
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Christopher Noll  
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Botanical Illustration  
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Merel R. Black  
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Christopher Noll  
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Christopher Noll  
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Paul Drobot  
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Janice Stiefel  
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Hugh H. Iltis  
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Marion Sheehan  
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Paul Drobot  
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Janice Stiefel  
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Mark Mittelstadt  
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Christopher Noll  
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Christopher Noll  
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Theodore S. Cochrane  
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