Hepatica acutiloba DC. - Sharp-lobed Hepatica


 

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Hepatica acutiloba - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Ranunculaceae

Habitat

Mesic woods, calcareous woodlands.

Associates

 

Distribution

Most of the eastern half of the US except NJ, FL, RI, LA.

Morphology

Low herbaceous perennial. Leaves basal, tri-lobed or occasionally 5-7 lobes; lobes triangular, mostly longer than broad, the angles acute. Flowers white, or pink to pale blue, petals absent, sepals 6 to 10, floral bracts typically 3. Stems hairy

Notes

Flowers mid March to mid May

Wetland indicator: Upland

There are often leaves still on this plant when it blooms in the spring, usually persisting below the leaf litter. Some authors call this plant H. nobilis Mill. var. acuta (Pursh) Steyerm. A similar species with blunt rather than sharp lobes is H. americana

References

Peterson, R. T. and M. McKenney. 1996. A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America.
Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston, MA

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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