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Diphylleia cymosa

Diphylleia cymosa Michx.

 

Umbrella Leaf, American Umbrella-leaf

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyBerberidaceaeBarberry family
GenusDiphylleia
SpeciescymosaBearing cymes, more or less flattened flower heads blooming from the middle out

About plant names...

Umbrella leaf is native to southeastern North America.

Identification: This perennial plant reaches up to 28" (70 cm) × 12" (30 cm). On stems that do not flower, there is a single large umbrella-like leaf 12-24" (30-60 cm) across. Flowering stems have two smaller leaves, divided into two symmetrical lobes, with very coarse teeth. Flowers bloom from May to June, appearing in rounded flowerheads about 3-6" (7.6-15 cm) around, elevated well above the leaves. Individual flowers are white, with 6 petals. Fruits are another distinctive feature of this plant, thrust up above the leaves in clusters of powder blue grape-shaped berries on bright red stems.

Online References:

Diphylleia cymosa at the North Carolina Native Plant Society

Diphylleia cymosa on www.nargs.org

Diphylleia cymosa at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Diphylleia cymosa on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Diphylleia cymosa on eFloras

Diphylleia cymosa (Umbrella Leaf, American Umbrella-leaf)

5/14/2016 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

Diphylleia cymosa (Umbrella Leaf, American Umbrella-leaf)

9/14/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Diphylleia cymosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Diphylleia cymosa (Umbrella Leaf, American Umbrella-leaf)

6/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm)

Diphylleia cymosa (Umbrella Leaf, American Umbrella-leaf)

5/14/2012 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Diphylleia cymosa (Umbrella Leaf, American Umbrella-leaf)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Range: Zones 4a-9b:

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