May 23 2009

May Flowers: Large-flowered Bellwort

Published by at 7:31 am under Phenology,Plants

Large Bellwort (photo by Dianne Machesney)

Look for large-flowered bellwort in rich woods.  The flower is one to two inches long with petals that twist around each other.  The flower nods beneath the leaves and the leaves are most unusual.  They’re “perfoliate” which means the stems pierce the leaf instead of the leaf being attached to the stem.

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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  1. Doug Baumanon 29 May 2009 at 10:00 am

    So that’s what this is called. Unless I am mistaking this for another flower, I believe I smelled this at Frick Park last week. The flower I smelled had an aroma reminds me of Chestnut trees in bloom in early July, an aroma that some love (like me), but others don’t like so much.

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