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SHOWING RECORD: 7 of 12   Western Red Baneberry
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Photograph by Kennan Ward/Corbis
Western Red Baneberry

Actaea arguta



First Noted by Expedition
August 13, 1805, on the Lemhi River, Idaho.
 

Description
A bushy plant with large, highly divided leaves and a short, thick, rounded cluster of small white flowers in leaf axils or at stem ends. Flowers about 0.3 in (0.8 cm) wide; petals dropping off as flower opens, leaving numerous stamens. Height: 1-3 ft (0.3-0.9 m).
 

Habitat
Moist woods, thickets, and streambanks.
 

Range
Across northern North America and south throughout West; also south on Great Plains to Nebraska and throughout northern portion of eastern United States.
 

Note
The berries of red baneberry (and white baneberry) are very poisonous if ingested and may affect the nervous system.

Species information from enature.com
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