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Broad-leaf Waterleaf ; Bluntleaf Waterleaf, Maple-leaf Waterleaf - Hydrophyllum canadense


Family: Hydrophyllaceae - Waterleaf family Genus Common Name: Waterleaf Native Status: Native
Hydrophyllum canadense - Broad-leaf Waterleaf ; Bluntleaf Waterleaf, Maple-leaf Waterleaf. Broad-leaf Waterleaf is a woodland plant which grows from 1 to 2 feet tall, and blossoms in late spring. The maple-leaved plant is similar to H. appendiculatum - Appendaged Waterleaf, but the latter is a distinctly hairy plant, and is not usually found with white blossoms.

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Hydrophyllum canadense

Distribution of Hydrophyllum canadense in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 Dec 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-May-13Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D40
1/125f/5.6 ISO200
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv) Flash: Yes
Broad-leaf waterleaf has 5-petaled blossoms which have 5 stamens that extend beyond the .5-inch corolla, as with most members of the waterleaf family. There are several blossoms in a cluster usually below the topmost leaves. The hairy filaments give the blossom cluster a fuzzy appearance. The flowers are white to lavender.
Hydrophyllum canadense

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-May-13Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
1/125f/5.6 ISO200
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv) Flash: Yes
Due to the palmate shape of the leaf of Hydrophyllum canadense , it is sometimes referred to as maple-leaf waterleaf. Broad-leaf waterleaf is probably the most common name used for this species, but possibly due to the potential for confusion with H. macrophyllum, which has the common name of Large-leaf Waterleaf, the official USDA national common name for H. canadense is Bluntleaf Waterleaf.
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Hydrophyllum canadense

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