Ranunculaceae / Buttercups
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Medical Uses: Native Americans used a root tea for various problems including pain, colds and coughs. The Cherokee use it to revive a patient near death. The Chippewa used the same tea for convulsions. Warning! Contact with all parts of this plant should be avoided. The berries are known to be extremely toxic and all parts may be somewhat toxic and may even cause blisters on the skin where touched.
Species: Red Baneberry (A. Rubra) is very similar and may sometimes have white berries (White Baneberry
may have red berries). The flowers of Red Baneberry are in a more compact cluster and most distinctively the berries are
on very thin pedicels where those of White Baneberry are thick.
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves