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Trientalis borealis


Trientalis borealis
Trientalis borealis
Photo by Renee Brecht Britton and Brown. See credits below.

Botanical name: Trientalis borealis
Common name: Starflower
Synonomy n/a
Group: Dicot
Family: Primulaceae
Growth Type: Forb/herb
Duration: Perennial
Plant height: low perennial from slender, creeping rhizomes, stems simple, erect, hairless or with tiny glands; growing 4-8" tall.
Flower color: white
Flower size: single, or sometimes 2 or 3, 1/2" across; 5 - 9 petals, lance-shaped to egg-shaped, long-pointed;
Flowering/fruiting time flowers May to June, fruits mid-summer
Habitat: cool woods, high slopes, peaty soil
Heritage ranking if any: n/a
Misc.: USDA lists as facultative wetland, equally likely to occur in wetlands or non-wetlands (estimated probability 34%-66%).

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