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American false hellebore, corn lily, green false-hellebore, Indian hellebore, Indian-poke, showy false hellebore

Stems

0.5–2 m, nearly glabrous to densely tomentose.

Leaves

ovate to elliptic, reduced distally, to lanceolate, 15–35 × 8–20 cm, glabrous to densely hairy, especially on abaxial surface.

Inflorescences

paniculate, with ascending to spreading or distinctly drooping (particularly in w North America) branches, 30–70 cm, tomentose;

bracts lanceolate, shorter than flowers.

Capsules

oblong-ovoid, 2–3 cm, glabrous.

Seeds

flat, broadly winged, 8–10 mm.

Tepals

deep green to yellowish, lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, narrowed to short, broad claw, 5–12 mm, tomentose adaxially, margins of both whorls or at least inner obviously erose-serrulate;

gland 1, basal, dark green or yellowish green, V-shaped;

ovary glabrous;

pedicel 2–10 mm.

Veratrum viride

Distribution
from USDA
North America
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Discussion

Varieties 2 (2 in the flora).

Veratrum viride consists of two clearly related, disjunct populations, one in eastern and one in western North America. These were clearly separated by continental glaciation and have subsequently evolved in isolation. Nonetheless they show many critical features in common, and individual plants from either region occasionally show one or more features common to plants in the other. The two populations have been variously classified as separate species, varieties, or subspecies, or as a single taxon. We have chosen to recognize two distinctive, if subtle, varieties.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Key
1. Inflorescence branches ascending to spreading, only rarely drooping; flowers spreading to rarely erect; east of 85th meridian.
V. viride var. viride
1. Inflorescence branches spreading to commonly drooping; flowers erect; west of 110th meridian.
V. viride var. eschscholzianum
Source FNA vol. 26, p. 74.
Parent taxa Liliaceae > Veratrum
Sibling taxa
V. album, V. californicum, V. fimbriatum, V. insolitum
Subordinate taxa
V. viride var. eschscholzianum, V. viride var. viride
Name authority Aiton: Hort. Kew. 3: 422. (1789)
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