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Caulophyllum giganteum

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Ordo: Ranunculales

Familia: Berberidaceae
Subfamilia: Nandinoideae
Genus: Caulophyllum
Species: Caulophyllum giganteum

Caulophyllum giganteum (Farw.) Loconte & W.H.Blackw., 1981

Caulophyllum thalictroides var. giganteum Farw.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
USA (Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia), Canada (Ontario, Quebec)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Loconte, H. & Blackwell, W.H. 1981. Phytologia; Designed to Expedite Botanical Publication. New York 49:483.
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]


Hassler, M. 2019. Caulophyllum giganteum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2019. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Apr. 24. Reference page. 
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Caulophyllum giganteum. Published online. Accessed: Apr. 24 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Caulophyllum giganteum in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published online. Accessed: 2019 Apr. 24. 2019. Caulophyllum giganteum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 24 Apr. 2019.

Vernacular names
English: giant blue cohosh

Caulophyllum giganteum, the northern blue cohosh, is a species of flowering plant in the barberry family. It is native primarily to northeastern North America, where it is found in rich forests.[1]

Caulophyllum giganteum produces around four to eighteen purple flowers in early spring. It blooms around 10–15 days earlier than its relative, Caulophyllum thalictroides. C. thalictroides also differs by having more abundant flowers that are yellow or green.[2]

Flora of North America
Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States

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