Medeola virginiana L.
Family: Liliaceae
Indian cucumber-root
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Mary Ann Feist  
Etymology: Medeola: for sorceress Medea, for attributed medicinal uses
Plants: erect, perennial, 12"-28" tall forb, woolly when young; stems hairy, unbranched; thick, edible, tuber-like rhizomes
Leaves: whorled, lance-like with pointed tips and pointed, touching bases; lower whorls of 5-11 leaves, upper whorl overhangs the flowers
Flowers: greenish to yellow, 6-parted, 1/2" wide, petal-like tepals turning backward; inflorescence a nodding, terminal cluster (umbel) of 3-9 stalked flowers; blooms May-July
Fruits: purple/black, rounded berry
Habitat: moist; woods; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Special Concern
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Mary Ann Feist  
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Kitty Kohout  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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