Wild Oats -- (Sessile Bellwort)

T.J. Martin

Bridgton, United States

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Taken May 4, 2010 – Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel Xsi with 100mm Macro Lens
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Wild Oats,
Sessile Bellwort
Uvularia sessilifolia
Family Liliaceae

Characteristics:

  • Flowers pale yellow to straw-colored, six petals, hanging from stalk.
  • Leaves sessile (not surrounding stem), with pale undersides.
  • Fruit a triangular pod, hanging beneath stem.
  • Height: 6-13".

Natural History:

  • Flowers in late April and May.
  • Habitat: Deciduous forests at low elevation.
  • Range: Northeastern and central United States.
  • Native.

Connections!

  • 18th-century botanist Manassah Cutler wrote in 1785 that “…the young shoots may be eaten as asparagus. The roots are nutritious, and are used in diet-drinks.”

Artwork Comments

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