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little false Solomon's-seal, small false Solomon's seal, smilacine étoilée, star-flower false Solomon's-seal, star-flower Solomon's-seal, star-like false Solomon's-seal, starry false lily-of-the-valley, starry false Solomon's seal, starry Solomon's seal

Habit Plants terrestrial, 15–45 cm.

sympodial, proliferatively spreading, narrow-cylindrical, units 15–60 cm × 3–4.5 mm, roots scattered over surfaces.


erect, 2.5–5 dm × 2–3.5 mm.


8–11, sessile, clasping;

blade ovate-elliptic to lanceolate, 5–6 × 2.5–3.5 cm;

base rounded;

apex acute.


racemose, simple, 6–15-flowered.


1 per node, 3-merous;

tepals conspicuous, 4–5 × 1.5–2 mm;

filaments 1.2–1.5 mm;

anthers 0.6–0.8 mm;

ovary globose to cylindrical, ca. 1 mm wide;

style 1.3–1.8 mm;

stigma obscurely 3-lobed;

pedicel 6–12 × 0.8–1 mm.


green with black stripes along median carpel vein when young, maturing to red, globose, 4–6 mm diam.


1–6, globose, 2.5–3 mm.


= 36.

Maianthemum stellatum

Phenology Flowering mid or late spring.
Habitat Sand dunes, marginal woodlands, oak openings
Elevation 0–3200 m (0–10500 ft)
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AK; AZ; CA; CO; CT; DC; DE; IA; ID; IL; IN; KS; KY; MA; MD; ME; MI; MN; MO; MT; ND; NE; NH; NJ; NM; NV; NY; OH; OK; OR; PA; RI; SD; TN; UT; VA; VT; WA; WI; WV; WY; AB; BC; MB; NB; NF; NS; NT; ON; PE; QC; SK; YT; disjunct in nw Mexico
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Source FNA vol. 26, p. 209.
Parent taxa Liliaceae > Maianthemum
Sibling taxa
M. canadense, M. dilatatum, M. racemosum, M. trifolium
Synonyms Convallaria stellata, Smilacina liliacea, Smilacina stellata, Unifolium liliaceum, Unifolium sessilifolium, Unifolium stellatum, Vagnera liliacea, Vagnera sessilifolia, Vagnera stellata
Name authority (Linnaeus) Link: Enum. Hort. Berol. Alt. 1: 343. (1821)
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