Uvularia Sessilifolia

Uvularia Sessilifolia

Uvularia Sessilifolia

Kazuhiko Hayashi; Seiji Yoshida; Hidetoshi Kato, Frederick H. Utech; Dennis F. Whigham; Shoichi Kawanoi (1998). "Molecular Systematics of the Genus Uvularia and Selected Liliales Based upon mat K and rbc L Gene Sequence Data". Plant Species Biology. 13 (2–3): 129–146. doi:10.1111/j.1442-1984.1998.tb00254.x.Bellwort species are excellent early-blooming native shade plants for the woodland garden, shaded border front, wildflower garden or naturalized area. Uvularia flowers and leaves have an overall droopy appearance when in bloom. This Bellwort has pale yellow or cream flowers. They spread readily by rhizomes and can form a nice groundcover over time. Also called Wild Oats, Straw Lily, or Merrybells.



Wild Oats is one of the two Bellworts in the Garden (the other is the Large-flowered Bellwort, Uvularia grandiflora). Wild Oats is a small native perennial forb rarely over 12 inches high with a single smooth stem that iscan make one angled branch in the upper part. The stem is green initially but can become reddish-purplish in the upper part by flowering time.The lower section of the stem is enclosed in a long veined sheath.Names: The genus Uvularia is derived from the anatomical term uvula, meaning a lobe hanging from the back of a person's palate, and refers to the hanging flowers of this genus.

The species sessilifolia is Latin, referring to the sessile (unstalked) leaves. The author name for the plant classification, from 1753, - 'L.' is for Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), Swedish botanist and the developer of the binomial nomenclature of modern taxonomy.Wild Oats is native to most counties of Minnesota from the metro area north except for those in the drier western part of the state. Also to several counties south of the Metro area that border the Mississippi River. In North America it is found from central plains eastward in the U.S. and Canada except for the 3 Canadian Maritime Provinces. This species and U. grandiflora are the only two species of Uvularia found in Minnesota. There are five species of Uvularia in North America. (Source:www.vmnh.net)



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