Sweden wildflowers: False lily of the valley

Maianthemum bifolium, Maianthemum dilatatum, SE: Ekorrbärssläktet,
DE: Schattenblumen, NL: Dalkruid UK: False lily of the valley, May lily

Scientific name:  Maianthemum bifolium (L.) F. W. Schmidt
Synonym name:  Maianthemum dilatatum (DC.)
Swedish name:  Ekorrbärssläktet
German name:  Schattenblumen
Nederlandse naam:  Dalkruid
English name:  False lily of the valley, May lily
Plant Family:  Asparagaceae, Sparrisväxter

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Life form:  Rhizomatous flowering plant
Stems:  Erect, from 10-35 cm high rising from spreading underground rhizomes. Stem upper part short-haired.
Leaves:  One basal leaf that withers away before flowering, two heart to triangular stem leaves, 3-8 cm long and 2-5 cm broad
Flowers:  White star shaped 4 tepals, 4 stamens
Flowering Period:  May, June
Fruits:  Berries red at maturity, 3-6 mm in diam.
Habitat:  Forests, especially margin of forests

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Maianthemum, Maius, "May"; anthemon, "flower"; "Maia's Blooms," May flower.
bifolium, twin-leaved.
dilatatum, broadened, expanded, widened.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation F. W. Schmidt is used to indicate Franz Wilibald Schmidt (1764 - 1796), a a professor of botany from Prague.
  • The standard author abbreviation DC. is used to indicate Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778 – 1841), a Swiss botanist.

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