Convallaria majalis L. - Lily of the Valley
Family - Liliaceae
Stems - Creeping underground rhizomes. Aerial stems to +15cm long.
Leaves - 2-3 per node, oblong to elliptic, entire, glabrous, to +15cm long, +4cm broad.
Inflorescence - Raceme terminating aerial stem, to 7cm long. Pedicels to 1cm long, glabrous, with scarious bract at base to 8mm long.
Flowers - Nodding. Perianth campanulate, white, glabrous, to +6mm long, +8mm broad, 6-lobed. Lobes 2.5mm broad, 3mm long, fragrant. Stamens 6, borne at base of perianth tube. Anthers pale yellow, to 2mm long, tapering to point at apex. Filaments short, -1.5mm long, pinkish-purple at base. Ovary glabrous, superior, 3-carpellate. Style 2.2mm long.
Fruit - Globose, red, fleshy, to -1cm in diameter.
Flowering - April - May.
Habitat - Cultivated and rarely escaped to roadsides or waste ground.
Origin - Native to Europe.
Other info. - This species can be found sporadically escaped throughout much of Missouri. The plant is often found around old homesites or businesses.
Photographs taken in Lochapoka, AL., 4-16-05.