Solomon's Seal or Solomon's Plume (Maianthemum racemosum or Smilacina racemosa)
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False Solomon's Seal or Solomon's Plume (Maianthemum racemosum or Smilacina racemosa)
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False Solomon's seal or Solomon's plume grow in a sweeping arch that can be from
one to three feet in length. The crooked stem with alternately growing ribbed
lanceolate leaves makes the false Solomon's seal easy to identify, even without
its bloom or berries.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 02
The tiny 1/8 inch long false Solomon's seal flowers grow on a branched raceme
from the end of the leafed plume.
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In this photo, we can see the angular shape of the false Solomon's seal stem that bends at each leaf junction.
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The false Solomon's seal grow in wooded areas where they get filtered sunlight.
A little glint of sunlight caught this flowering raceme which caused it to
"glow" in contrast to the shaded area around it.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 08
This false Solomon's seal has recently formed its flower buds at the end of the
arching leaf plume. False Solomon's seal bloom from May to July.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 09
This is a top view of a false Solomon's seal. This photo also clearly
shows how the leaves grow alternately along the entire stem.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 10
By the end of summer, the false Solomon's seal develops berries which turn
bright red in early autumn.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 10a
This is a closer look at the false Solomon's seal berries which have a speckled
appearance that ripens to a bright red in early autumn.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 12
These false Solomon's seal flowers are just beginning to open from the bottom
(right) to the top (left) of the raceme.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 12a
Each false Solomon's seal flower is 1/8 inch long and has 3 sepals, 3 petals
(same size and color as the sepals), 6 stamens, and 1 pistil.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 12b
By looking closely at these false Solomon's seal flowers, we can see the 3
sepals and 3 petals as a small starburst at the base of each flower. The 6
stamens are larger than the petals and have cone-shaped filaments with rounded
anthers. The pistil is short and in the center.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 14
spotted this false Solomon's seal with what appears to be a shortened and
damaged flowering raceme.
(Solomon's Seal, False - 20
This is a photo of the ripening fruit of a false Solomon's seal. We are not
sure of the identification of the white substance.
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This is a look at a patch of false Solomon's seal that is growing in the
wooded area of our front yard.
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This is another look at the patch of false Solomon's seal that is growing in
the wooded area of our front yard.
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