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Uvularia sessilifolia

Uvularia sessilifolia L.

Oakesiella sessilifolia (L.) S. Watson

Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderLilialesIncludes lilies, tulips, trilliums, greenbriars, and others
FamilyColchicaceaeA group of herbaceous plants with tuberous (potato-like) roots
GenusUvulariaYou know that little “punching bag” in your throat? That’s your uvula. The name comes from the similar shape of the hanging flowers
SpeciessessilifoliaSessile-leaved

About plant names...

This native of eastern North America is found in woodlands. The common name is sessile, meaning “leaves are attached directly to the stem,” and bellwort, roughly meaning “plant with a bell-shaped flower.” (Wort simply means plant.)

Identification: Plants are 6-13" (15-33 cm) high. Leaves are narrow, about 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long, atop a thin reddish stem that forks in the middle. Flowers are 1" (2.5 cm) long and ¼" (8.3 mm) around, hanging downward, cream-colored or yellowish.

Online References:

Uvularia sessilifolia on Missouriplants.com

Uvularia sessilifolia on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Uvularia sessilifolia at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Uvularia sessilifolia at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Uvularia sessilifolia on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Uvularia sessilifolia at Minnesota Wildflowers

Uvularia sessilifolia on CalPhotos

Uvularia sessilifolia on eFloras

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

5/12/2016 · Wildlife Pond Trail, Beaver Brook Association, Hollis, NH

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

4/27/2010 · Nashua River at Rte. 119, Pepperell, MA
≈ 4 × 4½" (10 × 11 cm)

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

5/5/2010 · Nashua River at Rte 119, Groton, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

4/23/2016 · Big Tree/Porcupine Trail, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, MA

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

4/30/2013 · Acton Arboretum, Acton, MA
≈ 6 × 7" (14 × 18 cm)

Uvularia sessilifolia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 7 Oct 2016.

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Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

5/12/2016 · Wildlife Pond Trail, Beaver Brook Association, Hollis, NH

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

7/7/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

5/12/2016 · Wildlife Pond Trail, Beaver Brook Association, Hollis, NH

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

4/23/2016 · Big Tree/Porcupine Trail, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, MA
≈ 2½ × 3½" (6.3 × 9.4 cm)

Uvularia sessilifolia (Sessile Bellwort, Wild Oats, Sessile-leaved Bellwort)

4/15/1979 · Memphis, TN · By Tim Chandler

Range: Zones 4-8:

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