Maianthemum racemosum
 
Wild Spikenard

Flower Top

Centre Block, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
18-June-2008

Each stamen is inserted at the base of a tepal and in this perspective more or less obscures the tepal.

Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta refer to this species as Smilacina racemosa, and the following notes reflect this nomenclature.

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Racemosa: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this species. 
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inflorescence a branched, dense panicle; NOT [inflorescence a raceme]

 

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Smilacina: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  and Flora of Alberta leading to this genus. 
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plants usually much less than 1 m high; NOT [plants usually 1 m high or more]

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stems not branched; NOT [stems nearly always branched]

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stems leafy

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plants not climbing; NOT [plants climbing with tendrils]

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leaves green, normal, not scale-like; NOT [leaves reduced to thin, dry scales, the photosynthetic organs (cladodes) being axillary branches with needle-like segments]

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leaves variously shaped, not more than five times as long as wide; NOT [leaves linear, many times as long as wide] (BF)

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leaves lanceolate or broader, not more than 5 times as long as wide; NOT [leaves linear or linear-lanceolate, usually many times longer than wide] (FOA)

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flowers several on each stem; NOT [flowers one on each stem]

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flowers in racemes or panicles at the ends of the stems; NOT [flowers axillary], NOT [flowers in umbels], NOT [flowers 1-4 at the tip of the stem or branches]

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perianth parts in 3ís; NOT [perianth parts in 2ís]

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flowers white or yellowish; NOT [flowers green]

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fruit juicy; NOT [fruit dry]

 
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Liliaceae: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  leading to this family. 
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plants not aquatic, or if growing in water, most of the plant emersed; NOT [plants aquatic, floating or submerged, with floating leaves or emersed inflorescence]

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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 borne in a spathe

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perianth present, conspicuous, in two series of 3 segments, often brightly colored; NOT [perianth absent or inconspicuous]

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perianth usually large, consisting of sepals and petals usually alike, but petals not deciduous, variously colored; NOT [perianth small, consisting of 3 green sepals and 3 deciduous whitish petals]

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flowers regular; NOT [flowers irregular]

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stamens 6; NOT [stamens 1 or 2], NOT [stamens 3]

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ovary superior; NOT [ovary inferior]