Circaea alpina (Small Enchanter's-Nightshade) - photos and description


Looking straight down on the flower cluster atop plant


General: Small woodland perennial plant with glabrous foliage.

Flowers: Small white flowers in racemes, terminal and from leaf axils. Flowers with 2 petals, flowers measured at 3 mm in diameter, appearing in mid to late July.

Leaves: Leaves opposite, decussate, ovate to cordate, I measured a leaf blade at 5.5 cm long and 4.5 cm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 20 cm.

Habitat: Moist woods in the boreal forest, often on mossy logs.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken July 22nd, mossy, wet woods, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, 300 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.