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Mayapple
Podophyllum peltatum

Mayapples have umbrella-like leaves on foot-tall stems. Plants with a forked stem and two "umbrellas" produce a single flower in the fork. The flowers are frequently pollinated by queen bumble bees. The fruit is yellow and the size of a large grape, and it is edible when ripe, though all other plant parts (including unripe fruit) are poisonous. The fruit is eaten by box turtles.

• Family: Barberry (Berberidaceae)
• Habitat: woods
• Height: 12-18 inches
• Flower size: 2 inches across
• Flower color: white
• Flowering time: April to June
• Origin: native

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Last updated March 21, 2011. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.