Maianthemum racemosum subsp. amplexicaule (L.) Link (Nutt.) LaFrankie
false Solomon's-seal (feathery false lily of the valley)
(Previously in Liliaceae)

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Distribution of Maianthemum racemosum subsp. amplexicaule
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a stout, fleshy, knotty, brownish rhizome; stems erect to stiffly arched-ascending, 30-100 cm tall, finely spreading-hairy above.
Stem leaves 5 to 12, alternate often in two rows, oblong-elliptic to egg-shaped, tapering to a frequently clasping base, 5-20 cm long, 4-8 cm wide, unstalked or short-stalked, short stiff-hairy on undersurface, the margins entire; basal leaves lacking.
Inflorescence a branched, egg- or pyramid-shaped, (3) 5- to 12-cm long, terminal cluster of numerous, spreading, short-stalked flowers; flowers white, wheel-shaped, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals 1.5-3 mm long, narrowly oblong; stamens 6, longer and wider than tepals; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Berries, globe-shaped, at first mottled green and red, eventually all red, 5-7 mm wide; seeds usually 1 or 2.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1083 960 1250
Slope Gradient (%)
13 6 20

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

357 17 310
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

ESSF(2), SBS(1)

Habitat and Range

Moist to mesic forests, streambanks, meadows and clearings in the lowland and steppe to subalpine zones; common throughout BC south of 56degreeN, rare northward; N to AK, E to SK and S to SD, TX, NM, AZ and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Maianthemum amplexicaule (Nutt.) W.A. Weber
Maianthemum racemosum var. amplexicaule (Nutt.) Dorn
Smilacina amplexicaulis Nutt.
Smilacina amplexicaulis var. glabra J.F. Macbr.
Smilacina amplexicaulis var. jenkinsii Boivin
Smilacina amplexicaulis var. ovata Boivin
Smilacina racemosa var. amplexicaulis (Nutt.) S. Watson
Smilacina racemosa var. brachystyla G. Henderson
Smilacina racemosa var. glabra (J.F. Macbr.) St. John
Smilacina racemosa var. jenkinsii (Boivin) Boivin
Vagnera amplexicaulis (Nutt.) Greene
Vagnera amplexicaulis var. glabra (J.F. Macbr.) Abrams