Maianthemum and relatives.

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Hoy
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Maianthemum and relatives.

I have several very nice Maianthemums. On most the flowers are not very showy but the stem and leaves are decorative and they get coloured berries in fall. Here are two - nameless (as usual).

ncole
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Is this the same as false solomons seal?

I live in Baltimore, Md. zone7 and have a woodland garden....for over 30 years...so I am old.

Hoy
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Yes, Maianthemum is the same as Smilacina (False Solomon's Seal is Maianthemum (Smilacina ) racemosa).

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

RickR
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I certainly see the resemblance to our American False Solomon's seal.  Ours has been reclassified as Maianthemum racemosum (from Smilacina racemosa).  But no, it can't be that, according to the Flora of North America.  Petals are easily seen on on Trond's photo, and are not on our American native.

Hoy wrote:

Here are two - nameless (as usual).

Trond, are you showing two different species?  They look the same to me...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Afloden
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Both are forms of tatsiense, which has a lot of variation within that species concept and likely needs some work.

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RickR wrote:

I certainly see the resemblance to our American False Solomon's seal.  Ours has been reclassified as Maianthemum racemosum (from Smilacina racemosa).  But no, it can't be that, according to the Flora of North America.  Petals are easily seen on on Trond's photo, and are not on our American native.

Hoy wrote:

Here are two - nameless (as usual).

Trond, are you showing two different species?  They look the same to me...

I see I was a bit unclear :-\

Regarding the False Solomon's Seal, it is as Rick says, the same genus, not the same species.

Rick, I don't know the species name(s) but according to Afloden both are tatsiense.

However, although the overall growth pattern is similar they are very different in details like leaf petiole, panicle form etc.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

RickR
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Gee, I really didn't look very closely at the second pic, I had thought it was still completely in bud... obviously not!

I like them both. ;D

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Interesting plants! M racemosum is in Alberta, but not around here that I have seen; M stellatum is common, as is M canadense, and M trifolium (watching for seeds for you again this year, last year there was little seed of that species it seemed, and/or I missed it! All three species here usually seem to make a relatively small number of berries compared to the number of flowers, though sometimes there are a lot of berries)

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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I keep my fingers crossed, Cohan ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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They are interesting/odd in that they flower early and make berries very late!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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