Sp. Pl.1: 504. 175
Gen. Pl. ed.5, 222. 1754
Temperate to cool forests throughout Northern Hemisphere.
Species ca. 8 (2 in the flora).
The two species in North America are similar to each other vegetatively and differ primarily in flower and fruit characteristics.
|1||Pedicel in fruit bright red, stout, (0.7–)0.9–2.2(–3) mm diam., ± as thick as axis of raceme; stigma at anthesis as broad as or broader than ovary, 1.5–2.8 mm diam. in flower and fruit; petals truncate or cleft, often antherlike at apex; berries white, very rarely red.||Actaea pachypoda|
|1||Pedicel in fruit dull green or brown, slender, 0.3–0.7 mm diam., thinner than axis of raceme; stigma at anthesis narrower than ovary, 0.7–1.2 mm diam. in flower and fruit; petals acute or obtuse, not cleft or antherlike at apex; berries red or white.||Actaea rubra|
|Common name||Baneberry +, necklaceweed +, cohosh + and actée +|
|Etymology||Greek, aktea, ancient name for the elder, probably for leaf similarity +|
|Illustrator||John Myers +|
|Reference||hulten1971a +, keener1977a + and pellmyr1985a +|
|Taxon name||Actaea +|
|Taxon parent||Ranunculaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 3 +|