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Jeffersonia (Jeffersonia)


The-leaves-and-flowers-of this-plant-are smooth and emerge directly from the rhizome at base of the plant.-Jeffersonia-has showy white flowers with eight-petals; the flower resembles-Bloodroot. The short-lived flower appears in April or May, before the forest canopy appears (see-spring emphemeral). The fruit is a green pear-shaped capsule with a hinged top. The characteristic leaves are large and nearly divided in half, giving rise to its common name, twinleaf. Plants in this genus rarely grow taller than 12 inches (30-cm). As with many other-deciduous forest-plants, the seeds are dispersed by ants, a process known as-myrmecochory.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum: Magnoliophyta

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Ranunculales

            • Family: Berberidaceae

              • Genus: Jeffersonia