Prosartes maculata

(Buckley) Torrey & A. Gray in J. Torrey

Fl. New York 2: 321. 1843.

Common names: Nodding mandarin
Basionym: Streptopus maculatus Buckley Amer. J. Sci. Arts 45: 170. 1843
Synonyms: Disporum cahnae Farwell Disporum maculatum (Buckley) Britton Disporum schaffneri Moldenke
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 144. Mentioned on page 142.

Plants 3–8 dm, glabrescent with age. Stems sparingly branched. Leaves 4–15 × 2–4 cm; blade ovate to lanceolate, rounded to subcordate basally, abaxial surface veins and margins pubescent, hairs scattered, flattened, apex sharply acuminate, with (3–)5 prominent veins. Flowers 1–3(–4); perianth broadly campanulate; tepals creamy white spotted with purple, ovate-lanceolate, abruptly narrowly clawed basally, 15–25 mm, apex acuminate; stamens exserted; filaments filiform, 15–20 mm; anthers 3–6 mm; ovary obconic to obpyriform, becoming 3-lobed after anthesis, papillose with ascending, stellate glandular hairs, ovules 2–4 per locule, horizontal; style 1.4–2.3 cm, glabrous; stigma 3-lobed. Berries pale straw-colored, 3-lobed, 6–10-seeded, 10–15 mm, papillose with stellate hairs arising from papillae; lobes subglobose. Seeds 4 mm. 2n = 12.

Phenology: Flowering early–late spring.
Habitat: Rich, moist, deciduous woods, slopes and ravines
Elevation: 100–800 m


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Ala., Ga., Ky., Mich., N.C., Ohio, Tenn., Va., W.Va.


This rare old-forest obligate is readily distinguished by its purple-spotted, clawed tepals and its three-lobed, straw-colored, hairy-papillose fruit (R. G. Johnson 1968).

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Lower Taxa

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Frederick H. Utech +
(Buckley) Torrey & A. Gray in J. Torrey +
Streptopus maculatus +
Nodding mandarin +
Ala. +, Ga. +, Ky. +, Mich. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Tenn. +, Va. +  and W.Va. +
100–800 m +
Rich, moist, deciduous woods, slopes and ravines +
Flowering early–late spring. +
Fl. New York +
Disporum cahnae +, Disporum maculatum +  and Disporum schaffneri +
Prosartes maculata +
Prosartes +
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