|Also known as:||Quicksilver-weed|
|Habitat:||part shade, shade; woods|
|Bloom season:||April - June|
|Plant height:||8 to 30 inches|
|USDA PLANTS database:||Minnesota county distribution map|
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Male and female flowers are on separate plants. Flowers of both sexes are petal-less and about ¼ inch across, with 4 or 5 light green sepals that drop off early on the female flowers. The female flowers have what looks like about 10 thick thread-like white to greenish petals. These are pistils, rather than petals.
Male flowers have numerous dangling yellowish green to purplish brown stamens with pale yellow tips that turn brown with maturity. For both sexes, flowers are in large open clusters on the upper branches of the plant.
Leaves are twice compound in groups of 3 or 5. Leaflets are ½ to ¾ inch long and about as wide, hairless with a slender stem. Each leaflet is notched or lobed at the tip end in 3 or more rounded parts. Attachment at the main stem is alternate, while the leaflets are oppositely attached.
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Photos taken at Wild River State Park, Center City, MN May-June 2007 and 2008
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