Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Northeast Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Hydrophyllum virginianum L.
- Family: Water-leaf (Hydrophyllaceae)
- Flowering: May-August
- Field Marks: This water-leaf has pinnately lobed leaves with 3-7 lobes and hairy sepals, and
mostly non-hairy stems.
- Habitat: Rich woods, floodplains.
- Habit: Perennial herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Upright or ascending, more or less smooth, except for appressed hairs near the tip, up to 2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Alternate, pinnately divided into 3-7 segments, more or less smooth, the segments lanceolate to ovate, toothed, sometimes lobed.
- Flowers: Borne in short clusters, the clusters on stalks longer than the leaf stalks, the stalks appressed-hairy; each flower short-stalked.
- Sepals: 5, green, linear, bristly-hairy, united at base, up to 1/3 inch long.
- Petals: 5, purplish to white, united below into a bell up to 1/2 inch long.
- Stamens: 5, exserted beyond the petals.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, hairy.
- Fruits: Capsules nearly spherical, about 1/6 inch in diameter.
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