Blue Cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides, is a perennial wildflower in the Berberidaceae family. It's found over much of eastern North America other than in the most extreme southern parts. It grows in rich hardwood forests, typically in relatively healthy, high-quality woodlands.
The specific name, thalictroides, comes from the shape of its leaves which resemble leaves on some plants in the Thalictrum genus.
The plant was reportedly used by Native American women to induce a miscarriage and to prevent pregnancy.
I used a tripod for this close-up of the plant's unusual flowers.
As far as I can tell, this is the first time this species has been posted on TrekNature.
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family Berberidaceae – Barberry family
Genus Caulophyllum Michx. – cohosh
Species Caulophyllum thalictroides (L.) Michx.
You are always coming up with plants that I should be seeing out in the woods and fields, but for some reason seem to miss. I must admit I can't remember ever viewing this particular perennial, while out treking in the great outdoors.
It's greenish flowers tinged in purplish-red have a very unique appearance. You managed to capture some really fine detail and beautiful natural coloration. Interesting notes!!
Hello, Beautiful rich detail in the flowers. The bg is also a lovely shade and blurry so not to detract from the flower. The blue cohosh is a very unique flower. Good notes as well, I enjoy learning new things about the natural world around me.
Have a good day,