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Plant Details

Podophyllum peltatum

Mayapple, May-apple, American Mandrake, Wild Mandrake, Indian Apple, Pomme de Mai, Podophylle Pelt

Scientific Name:

Podophyllum peltatum

Common Name:

Mayapple, May-apple, American Mandrake, Wild Mandrake, Indian Apple, Pomme de Mai, Podophylle Pelt

Plant Family

Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

White

Size in Feet:

2

Light:

Shade, part-sun

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

March - April - May

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Habitat Description:

Rich forests, bottomlands, slopes, pastures. Common throughout NC.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

"The ripe fruits are edible; the rest of the plant contains a variety of alkaloids, and is poisonous-medicinal. Compounds from Podophyllum are used in wart removal, and show anti-viral and anti-cancer promise" (Weakley 2015). The fruits are relished by Box Turtles.

Colony

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Plant

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Bloom Close Up

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Pink Bloom

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Fruit

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A Primary Vector for Mayapples

Eastern Box Turtle

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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