Ruscaceae - mayflower family
Species that grow without cultivation on Mount Desert Island

compiled by the
Champlain Project - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 30 August 2018)


Ruscaceae - mayflower family

Mount Desert Island is home to 5 species in 2 genera. Click on a link below or scroll down for more information.
   Maianthemum (4 species)
      Maianthemum canadense - Canada-mayflower (common1)
      Maianthemum racemosum - feathery false Solomon’s-seal (uncommon)
      Maianthemum stellatum - star-like false Solomon’s-seal (rare)
      Maianthemum trifolium - three-leaved false Solomon’s-seal (occasional)
   Polygonatum (1 species)
      Polygonatum pubescens - hairy Solomon’s-seal (uncommon)




plant habit inflorescence fruit color
Maianthemum erect, arching raceme, panicle, or cluster red, green
Polygonatum arching solitary or paired dark blue, black


Maianthemum (false Solomon’s-seal)
[information to be added]

plant height inflorescence leaf number fruit (berry)
Maianthemum canadense 5–15 cm short raceme 2 or 3 red, speckled
Maianthemum racemosum 30–100 cm panicle 8 or more green, becoming light red
Maianthemum stellatum 30–75 cm unbranched cluster 4 or more green to red, striped with black
Maianthemum trifolium 5–20 cm unbranched cluster (2–)3(–4) green, turning dull red

Maianthemum canadense (Canada-mayflower) - [information to be added]

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Maianthemum racemosum (feathery false Solomon’s-seal) - [information to be added]

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Maianthemum stellatum (star-like false Solomon’s-seal) - [information to be added]

Maianthemum trifolium (three-leaved false Solomon’s-seal) - [information to be added]


Polygonatum (Solomon’s-seal)
[information to be added]

Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon’s-seal) - [information to be added]
   
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Note:
   1Frequency designations are from Mittelhauser, Glen H., Linda L. Gregory, Sally C. Rooney, and Jill E. Webber. 2010. The Plants of Acadia National Park. Orono, Maine: The University of Maine Press.