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Smoky_113 Indian Cucumber Root - Medeola virginiana 1a (Smoky NC) | by MO FunGuy
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Smoky_113 Indian Cucumber Root - Medeola virginiana 1a (Smoky NC)

Thank goodness for friends who know something! I was totally lost on this one. I'd never seen it, but closest thing it resembled was a Turk's Cap Lily. But it's not that. I scanned all kinds of Wildflower pix from Smoky Mountains National Park, but found nothing like this. In fact, I thought maybe I just got some lousy pix of the Turk's Cap Lily at the end of its bloom period, going to seed. But no .........

 

Plant Collector www.flickr.com/photos/weedlady/ and Coastlander www.flickr.com/photos/voodoosnakes/ came along to save me from The Land Of Confusion.

 

Anthony said it was definitely in the Lily family, but wasn't quite like either the Turk's Cap Lily or Michigan Lily with which he was familiar.

 

Plant Collector nailed it. She says indeed it is in the Lily family, and what we photographed were good, healthy fresh plants and flowers in bloom. She said this strange little creature is a Native Plant (endangered in several states) that Native Americans foraged for their edible roots, that taste like cucumber. It is known as Indian Cucumber Root.

 

Here's a little more info ...

   

plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=MEVI

  

www.transformationalgardening.com/forage/plants/medeola-v...

 

Thanks for your help, folks!

 

May 28, 2012

(Before B.B.B - BIG BLACK BEAR Encounter)

Smoky Mountains National Park

North Carolina

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Taken on May 28, 2012