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:
Basal and stem leaves are similar and 2 or 3 times 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 and a minute point at the tip of each lobe. Basal leaves are long stalked, stem leaves become shorter stalked as they ascend the stem. Stems are slender, hairless, reddish, multiple from the base, and typically branched in the upper plant. Plants can create small colonies from short rhizomes.
False Rue Anemone is among the early spring bloomers and may be confused with Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) or Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides). The flowers of both those plants may have more than 5 sepals where False Rue Anemone always has 5. Both the other plants have whorled leaves and grow lower to the ground; False Rue Anemone has alternate stem leaves and is typically branched in the upper plant.
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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Rice County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Goodhue County.
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