Actaea rubra

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Scientific Name Actaea rubea USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Red Baneberry, Western Baneberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine. Moist areas in woodlands.
Plant: Deciduous perennial from 1 to 3 feet tall with one to several branched stems.
Leaves: Long-stalked alternate, two to three times compound into three leaflets each sharply toothed and lobed.
Inflorescence: Many small white flowers in racemes at the ends of branches (terminal) or at leaf axils (axilliary) with 5 to 10 spoon-shaped petals and 3 to 5 sepals; many stamens, longer than petals.
Fruit: Showy, poisonous, red or occasionally white berries, ellipsoid in shape and less than 1/2-inch long; black dot on the end.
Reference: Descr. adapted from eFlora BC and the US Forest Service.
Colorado Status

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