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Liliaceae / Lily
Twistedstalk (Streptopus lanceolatus)
Twistedstalk is also known as Rosybells and Rose Mandarin. Formerly know as S. roseus.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant which can reach 60cm in height (24inches). There are usually two or three branches.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Each leaf is entire.
Flowers: The flowers have 6 Regular Parts and are up to 1.3cm long (0.5 inches). They are light purple. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into early summer. The flowers hang below the stem and do not emerge from the leaf axis as is common. They instead emerge from the stem to the side of the leaf and curve back under the leaf.
Fruit: A shiny red berry.
Habitat: Moist Woods
Range: As far south as the mountains of Georgia

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The name Twistedstalk refers to the peculiar twist to the flower stalk that is more pronounced in Claspleaf Twistedstalk (S. Amplexifolius). The flower stem in that species curves back under the stem to the underside of the leaf then abruptly turns downward. The structure of the plant is very similar to Solomon's Seal, polygonatum

Similar Species: Claspleaf Twistedstalk (S. Amplesifolius) also know as White Mandarin has greenish flowers and leaves that clasp the stem. It can reach 90cm (3') in height.

Very similar also to Solomon's Seal, polygonatum



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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

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.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

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.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Liliopsida
Monocots / One Seed Leaf
|Subclass
Liliidae
Lily
|Order
Liliales
Lily
|Family
Liliaceae
Lily
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Streptopus

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