Classification Hierarchy
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Tracheophyta
Superdivision Spermatophyta
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Subclass Rosidae
Order Apiales
Family Apiaceae
Genus Cryptotaenia
Species Cryptotaenia canadensis
Canadian Honewort

Date: June 4, 2011. Location: Hickory Hill Park (map)

BONAP, FNA, ITIS, USDA, VPI

Scientific Name: Cryptotaenis canadensis ([Gr] cryptos=hidden, tainia - refers to oil tubes)

Common Name: Canadian Honewort

Origin: Native

Notes: Honewort is a common woodland plant in SE Iowa. It is found in shady areas of mesic woodlands. The small white flowers are easy to miss but they appear in early June.

Additional references: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

Field Marks for Identification:

Flowers: June; inflorescence a compund umbel; petals white, styles conical.

Leaves: trifoliate, sometimes cleft; leaflets ovate, hairless, margins doubly serrate.

Glossary: Botanical Terms

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