Veratrum woodii J.W. Robbins - False Hellebore
Family - Liliaceae
Stems - No info yet.
Pubescence of the aerial stem.
Leaves - No info yet.
Inflorescence - No info yet.
Flowers - No info yet.
Flowering - July - September.
Habitat - Mesic upland forests, typically on north and east-facing lower slopes, ravines.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This attractive and easily recognized species can be found mostly in the eastern half of Missouri but is apparently absent from the bootheel portion of the state. The plant is most often found as a basal rosette of large, spatulate leaves. The inflorescence is quite large and showy and can reach a height of -2 meters. The deep reddish-maroon flowers are abundant on the inflorescence.
Photographs taken near Pultite Spring, Shannon County, MO., 7-23-04.