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False Solomon Seal
Ruscaceae
Maianthemum racemosum amplexicaule


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Flower Petal # 5
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub



Ruscaceae Family

Maianthemum Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Treacleberry, False Solomon's Seal, Solomon's plume, False Spikenard, Smilacina racemosa


Location

Porter Fork, Millcreek Canyon, Utah.

Physical Description
It is a woodland herbaceous perennial plant growing to 50-90 cm tall, with alternate, oblong-lanceolate leaves 7-15 cm long and 3-6 cm broad. The flowers are produced on a 10-15 cm panicle, each flower with six white tepals 3-6 mm long blooming in late spring. The plants produce green fruits that are round and turn red in late summer.
It grows from cylindrical rhizomes about 0.3 m long.


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General Information

The young shoots, while still tender and stripped of their leaves, can be simmered in water and eaten. Their delicate flavor is somewhat reminiscent of asparagus. However, they should not be collected for this purpose unless they are obviously abundant.
Although the young shoots are edible, the plant becomes too fibrous and bitter to enjoy after it completes flowering and seed setting stages. The Ojibwa Indians harvested the roots of this plant and cooked them in lye water overnight to remove the bitterness and neutralize their strong laxative qualities.

This plant should be consumed in moderation, as it can act as a strong laxative in sensitive individuals.

A poultice made from the roots of this plant was used as an effective treatment for sunburns by American Indians.

The roots of this plant were often dried and then smoked by several Eastern Native American tribes as a treatment for hyperactivity in children and emotional depression.

The plant was also used by Native Americans as a cough suppressant.

The roots have circular solomon seals.

When young, Maianthemum racemosum may closely resemble members of the genus Veratrum, a highly toxic member of the Lily family to which it is distantly related. Consequently, this plant should not be consumed unless identification is positive.



False Solomon Seal




False Solomon Seal




False Solomon Seal




False Solomon Seal




False Solomon Seal




False Solomon Seal


Comment: False Solomon Seal, Maianthemum racemosum amplexicaule

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Hamburg October 27, 2010
last week our group held a similar talk on this topic and you illustrate something we have not covered yet, thanks.
- Kris

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