Floerkea proserpinacoides

Willdenow
Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berlin Neue Schriften 3: 449. 1801.
Common names: False mermaid floerkée fausse
IllustratedEndemic
Synonyms: Cabomba pinnata (Pursh) Schultes & Schultes f. Nectris pinnata Pursh
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 7. Treatment on page 173. Mentioned on page 175.
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Illustrator: Barbara Alongi

Copyright: Flora of North America Association

Plants (3–)5–30(–38) cm, herbage glabrous. Leaves: petiole 0.5–4 cm; rachis 2.5–5 mm; leaflets 3–7, 7–12 × 1–3.5 mm, apex obtuse or acute. Pedicels 0.5–2 cm (± equal to subtending petiole at anthesis, elongating 1.5 times by fruit maturity). Flowers: sepals green, 5-nerved, 2–6 mm; petals white, greenish white, or pale pink, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 1.4–2 mm; filaments filiform, 1–1.5 mm; anthers yellowish, broadly ellipsoid, 0.2–0.3 mm. Mericarps green to brown, somewhat fleshy, 2–3.5 × 2–3 mm (often only 1 seed maturing per flower). 2n = 10.


Phenology: Flowering spring–early summer.
Habitat: Floodplain forests, swamps, wet-mesic coniferous or broadleaf woods, alpine meadows, pastures, moist areas in sagebrush or desert washes
Elevation: 50-2600(-3200) m

Distribution

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B.C., N.S., Ont., Que., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., D.C., Idaho, Ill., Ind., Iowa, Ky., La., Md., Mass., Mich., Minn., Mo., Mont., Nev., N.J., N.Y., N.Dak., Ohio, Oreg., Pa., Tenn., Utah, Vt., Va., Wash., W.Va., Wis., Wyo.

Discussion

The stems of Floerkea proserpinacoides have a spicy flavor and are eaten in salads. A flower of F. proserpinacoides is the logo for the Flora of North America project.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

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50-2600(-3200) m +
Floodplain forests, swamps, wet-mesic coniferous or broadleaf woods, alpine meadows, pastures, moist areas in sagebrush or desert washes +
Flowering spring–early summer. +
Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berlin Neue Schriften +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Cabomba pinnata +  and Nectris pinnata +
Floerkea proserpinacoides +
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