Maianthemum racemosum subsp. amplexicaule

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False Solomon’s Seal - Maianthemum racemosum subsp. amplexicaule
Railroad Canyon, Black Range, New Mexico
May 13, 2014

This species is also known as Treacleberry, Solomon’s Plume, Feathery False Lily of the Valley, and False Spikenard).  It’s scientific name is Maianthemum racemosum and has the scientific synonyms of Convallaria racemosa, Smilacina racemosa, and Unifolium racemosum.  There are two subspecies, amplexicaule is the one found in the west.

It was first described by Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link in 1821.

The specimen sheet shown below was collected in the Puget Sound area as part of the U.S. South Pacific Exploring Expedition under the command of Capt. Wilkes.  1838-1842.

Photograph immediately above and all below - Railroad Canyon, June 9, 2019.






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