(Starry Solomon’s Seal)

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Maianthemum stellatum, Sheep Park, Park Co. 0017

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Maianthemum stellatum, Lower McCullough Gulch, Summit Co. 7211

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Maianthemum stellatum, Sheep Park, Park Co. 9922

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Maianthemum stellatum, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5593

Scientific Name Maianthemum stellatum (Smilacina stellata) USDA PLANTS Symbol MAST4
Common Name Starry Solomon's Seal, Starry False Lily of the Valley ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503565
Family Asparagaceae (Asparagus) (formerly Ruscaceae) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (4500 to 12500 ft.); moist woods, open meadows, along streams, shorelines.
Plant: Erect perennial up to 2 feet tall (usually less), single leafy stem.
Leaves: Stem leaves up to 6 inches long, alternate, somewhat clasping, stalkless, lanceolate, often folded.
Inflorescence: Clusters of small flowers in terminal racemes 3/4 to 2 inches long; each flower about 1/3-inch across with 6 white tepals and 6 stamens.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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