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Thalictrum pubescens

Thalictrum pubescens Pursh

Thalictrum perelegans Greene

Thalictrum polygamum Muhl. ex Spreng.

Thalictrum polygamum Muhl. ex Spreng. var. hebecarpum Fernald

Thalictrum polygamum Muhl. ex Spreng. var. intermedium B. Boivin

Thalictrum pubescens Pursh var. hebecarpum (Fernald) B. Boivin

Thalictrum pubescens Pursh var. hepaticum (Greene) Keener

Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue

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”
FamilyRanunculaceaeButtercup family
GenusThalictrumFrom Greek qaliktron (thaliktron), a “plant with divided leaves”
SpeciespubescensWith soft, downy hair

About plant names...

Tall Meadow Rue is native to North America.

Identification: Tall meadow rue is so named because the plants are somewhat larger than other rues, 3-8' (91-243 cm). Plants have rounded leaves, somewhat longer than they are wide, split into three shallow lobes at the ends. Flowers are cream-colored, occurring in large groups. Each flower does not have petals, just sprays of stamens about ¼" (8.4 mm) across. They bring to mind little pompoms or tiny white fireworks displays.

Online References:

Thalictrum pubescens on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Thalictrum pubescens on Discover Life

Thalictrum pubescens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Thalictrum pubescens on Keir Morse's site, Keirosity.com

Thalictrum pubescens on CalPhotos

Thalictrum pubescens on eFloras

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

7/5/2012 · Groton Place and Sabine Woods, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

7/5/2012 · Groton Place and Sabine Woods, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Thalictrum pubescens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 May 2016.

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Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

7/19/2012 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 15 cm)

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

5/9/2016 · Wonder Brook Park, Kennebunk Land Trust, Kennebunk, ME
≈ 6 × 6" (16 × 16 cm)

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

10/3/2010 · Dingmans Falls, Dingmans Ferry, Delaware Township, Pike County, PA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

7/19/2012 · Beaver Brook Association Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum pubescens (Tall Meadow Rue, King-of-the-meadow, Tall Meadow-rue)

7/17/2010 · Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

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