Maianthemum F.H.Wigg.

Latin Mai – May and anthemos – a flower, referring to the Northern Hemisphere flowering time for this genus.

Perennial, rhizomatous sometimes herbs. Stems erect, unbranched. Leaves several, broadly linearlanceolate, sometimes stalked. Flowers star to bell-shaped, spreading, radially symmetrical, stalked, individual flower stalks not articulated, flowers sometimes unisexual. Inflorescence a terminal raceme or panicle. Tepals 6, free. Stamens 6, attached to tepal bases. Ovary superior. Fruit a berry. Seeds ovoid, yellow-brown. Syn. Smilacina Desf.

About 35 species in the temperate Northern Hemisphere.

Leafy stems with terminal inflorescences of free-tepalled flowers; berry fruits.

Ingram (1966b), LaFrankie (1986).

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Convallariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Maianthemum stellatum (L.) Link