Podophyllum peltatum L.
Common Name: MAY-APPLE, MANDRAKE
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Deciduous forests and borders of forests, rarely in cedar swamps.

A familiar wildflower, forming large colonies of deeply lobed, peltate leaves, whose umbrella-like aspect is emphasized as they emerge from the ground, neatly furled. Fertile plants bear a pair of cauline leaves, and similar vegetative leaves are common. Rarely a leafless flowering plant is found. The flower may be as broad as 7 cm. The large berry is generally considered edible, but other parts, especially the roots, contain a poisonous resin, which has some medicinal value.

Locations

Allegan County
Barry County
Bay County
Berrien County
Branch County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Clinton County
Eaton County
Genesee County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Osceola County
Ottawa County
Saginaw County
Sanilac County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. May 27, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=546.