Enemion biternatum (False Rue Anemone)
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|Habitat:||part shade, shade; deciduous woods|
|Bloom season:||April - May|
|Plant height:||4 to 16 inches|
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Leaves and stem:
Leaves are compound in groups of 3. Leaflets are to 1 inch long and wide, toothless, hairless, and deeply lobed into 2 or 3 parts, with each lobe notched or further divided. The stem leaves are alternately attached, and there are also basal leaves with a similar shape. The main stem is slender, hairless, and reddish.
Notes:False Rue Anemone is among the early spring bloomers and may be confused for Wood Anemone or Rue Anemone. The flowers of both those plants may have more than 5 petals; False Rue Anemone always has 5 petals. Both the other plants have whorled leaves and grow lower to the ground; False Rue Anemone grows erect.
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Photos taken at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Nerstrand MN April-May 2008
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