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Location: Searcy County, Arkansas
Month of Photograph: March & April
Distribution Map: Podophyllum peltatum - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Berberidaceae

Flower, frontal view

Podophyllum peltatum - Flower Frontal View "
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Podophyllum peltatum - Whole Plant Whole Plant
Podophyllum peltatum -  Whole Plant in FruitWhole Plant in Fruit
Podophyllum peltatum - Whole Plant in FlowerWhole Plant in Flower
Podophyllum peltatum - Flower BudFlower Bud
Podophyllum peltatum - Plant ColonyPlant Colony
Podophyllum peltatum - LeavesLeaves
Podophyllum peltatum - Juvenile Plant Juvenile Plant
Podophyllum peltatum - Juvenile Plant Juvenile Plant
Podophyllum peltatum - Flower Lateral View Flower Lateral View
Podophyllum peltatum - Fruit Fruit
Flower, dorsal view
Podophyllum peltatum - Flower Dorsal View

Flower, lateral view close up
Podophyllum peltatum - Flower Lateral View

Flower, frontal view close up
Podophyllum peltatum - Flower Frontal View Close up

Flower, dorsal view
Podophyllum peltatum - Flower Dorsal View

Description from Encyclopedia of Life, written by Dr. John Hilty

This native perennial plant is 1–1½' tall. Some plants are unbranched and produce a single leaf from a long stalk, while others produce a pair of leaves on long petioles at the apex of this stalk. The stalks are light green, glabrous, and round. The leaves are up to 1' long and across; they are orbicular, palmately lobed, cleft, and dentate along the margins. There are 5-9 lobes per leaf that are deeply divided. Like the stalks, the leaves are glabrous. On plants with a single leaf, the petiole joins the leaf blade in the middle, creating an umbrella-like appearance; on plants with a pair of leaves, the petioles join the leaf blades toward the inner margin of each leaf. Plants with a pair of leaves produce a single nodding flower where the petioles branch from each other. This flower is about 1½" across and has 6-9 broad white petals. There are twice the number of stamens as there are petals and a single superior ovary with a mealy glob of styles at its apex. These reproductive organs are pale yellow-orange.


The sepals are deciduous and drop from the flower at an early stage of its development. The blooming period occurs from mid- to late spring and lasts about 3 weeks. There is a pleasant floral scent. Each flower is replaced by an ovoid berry that is fleshy and contains several seeds. It is about 2" long and turns yellow when ripe. This berry is produced only when cross-pollination of the flower occurs. The root system is fibrous and produces long rhizomes. Mayapple often produces dense vegetative colonies that exclude other spring-flowering plants.

Hilty, J. Editor. 2013. Illinois Wildflowers. World Wide Web electronic publication. flowervisitors.info, version 06/2013.