Photo credit, C Gracie.
|The large, white flowers of Mayapple are hidden under the plant’s large leaves and often overlooked by walkers. The large and attractive flowers are worth searching for to enjoy their beauty. (tip: only Mayapple plants with two leaves produce flowers.)
Mayapple grows in large clonal colonies, usually in moist areas. Their ripe fruits cause them to topple over allowing box turtles to reach the fruits, which they eat and then disperse the seeds. Although toxic, Mayapple and its relatives are a source of compounds important in medicines used in the treatment of various types of cancer.
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