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Thalictrum thalictroides

Thalictrum thalictroides

Claire is the author of today's entry:

Marie Viljoen (M Viljoen@Flickr | Marie's blog) from Brooklyn, NY, provided this photograph of Thalictrum thalictroides, taken in early April. Thank you again, Marie!

Thalictrum thalictroides, or rue-anemone, is a native of the eastern USA, found from the Great Lakes to northern Florida, and west as far as Oklahoma. Originally, Thalictrum thalictroides was named as Anemone thalictroides by Linnaeus. In 1839, Édouard Spach placed it in a genus all to its own - Anemonella (a name that persists in most modern references). Spach asserted that its tuberous roots and umbelliform inflorescence were a few of the characters that separated it from Anemone. The species was later redescribed by Boivin and Eames and placed in Thalictrum, which modern molecular work also supports. It is easy to understand, however, why Linnaeus originally thought Anemone, with its flowers on plants to 20cm tall appearing much like petite anemones. Thalictrum thalictroides is an early spring bloomer, and the rust-coloured leaves at emergence will eventually turn green towards the start of summer.

2 Comments

Stunning photgraphy and this wonderous plant happens to be one of my most favorite species.
Thank you

marie viljoen thank you and you have a lovely website

i was born in elizabeth nj and so happy when spring
would arrive the new green leaves on the trees
a drive out into the country side and up to the
mountains to see the dogwoods nice memories

i have lived in florida for a long time spring is
different down here lovely and quite gaudy

thank you for botaday daniel

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