My watch list  

Actaea pachypoda

Actaea pachypoda

Actaea pachypoda flowers
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Actaea
Species: A. pachypoda
Binomial name
Actaea pachypoda

Actaea pachypoda (Doll's-eyes, White Baneberry) is a flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to eastern North America.

  It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 50 cm or more tall. It has toothed, bipinnate compound leaves up to 40 cm long and 30 cm broad. The white flowers are produced in a dense raceme about 10 cm long. Its most striking feature is its fruit, a 1 cm diameter white berry, whose size, shape, and black stigma scar give the species its other common name "doll's eyes".

White baneberry prefers clay to coarse loamy upland soils, and are found in hardwood and mixed-forest stands.

The berries are highly poisonous, and the entire plant is considered poisonous to humans. First Nations peoples are reported to have drank a tea made from the root of this plant after childbirth.

References and external links

  • Flora of North America: Actaea pachypoda
  • Missouri Plants: Actaea pachypoda
  • USDA Plants Profile: Actaea pachypoda
  • Bioimages: Actaea pachypoda
  • Karen Legasy, Shayna LaBelle-Beadman and Brenda Chambers. Forest Plants of Northeastern Ontario. Lone Pine Publishing / Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1995.
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Actaea_pachypoda". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
Your browser is not current. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 does not support some functions on Chemie.DE