Disporum trachycarpum

Fairybells

Preeceville
02-June-2002

Note: Budd's Flora keys genus Disporum as having "flowers axillary, in panicles, or in racemes" and NOT having "flowers solitary or in umbels, terminal".

Note: Flora of Alberta keys genus Disporum as having flowers "yellow or greenish yellow" and not "greenish white".

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Trachycarpum Characteristics
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flowers solitary or in pairs

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stigma 3-lobed

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fruit usually broader than long, nearly globose, the surface roughened with fine wart-like projections

 
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Disporum Characteristics
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plants not climbing

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plants usually much less than 1 m high

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stems nearly always branched

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stems leafy

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leaves not more than 5 times as long as wide

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leaves not pale-glaucous beneath

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flowers 1-4 at the tip of the stem or branches

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flowers white or yellowish

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fruit juicy, a red or orange berry

 
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Liliaceae Characteristics
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plants terrestrial

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plants with stem and leaves

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leaves not sheathing the stem

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inflorescence not subtended by strongly sheathing bracts

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flowers not born in a spathe

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flowers regular

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perianth present, large, conspicuous, in two series of 3 segments each, at least the inner whorl petal-like and brightly coloured

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sepals and petals alike

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petals not deciduous

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6 stamens

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superior ovary (rarely partly inferior)

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3 carpels, their ovaries united

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fruit a capsule or berry