Also called wild mandrake.

Part of barberry  family Berberidaceae in barberry/​buttercup/​poppy  order Ranunculales.

Native to southeast 🇨🇦 Canada, and central and eastern 🇺🇸 USA.   🗺 Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (color key).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)
  Most parts of the plant cause diarrhea and severe digestive upset.

Only visible early in the growing season, in a forest, with one or two large ╤ horizontal lobed leaves, 🥾 boot-top- to 🦵 knee-high.   If the plant has two leaves, it may then have a single white blossom (pointed down) or green (later yellow) fruit, hidden under the leaves.  Plants always seems to grow in a group, apparently a clonal colony.

Learn more about mayapple Podophyllum peltatum

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