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Maianthemum stellatum

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Maianthemum stellatum (star-flowered, starry, or little false Solomon's seal, or simply false Solomon's seal; star-flowered lily-of-the-valley<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> or starry false lily of the valley;<ref name="PLANTS">Template:PLANTS</ref> syn. Smilacina stellata) is a species of flowering plant, native across North America generally from Alaska to California to North Carolina to Newfoundland, plus northern Mexico (Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León).<ref>Tropicos, specimen list for Maianthemum stellatum (L.) Link </ref><ref>Tropicos, specimen list for Smilacina stellata (L.) Desf.</ref> It has been found in every Canadian province and territory except Nunavut, and from every US state except Hawaii and the states of the Southeast.<ref>Template:BONAP</ref> It has little white buds in the spring, followed by delicate starry flowers, then green-and-black striped berries, and finally deep red berries in the fall.<ref name="PLANTS" /><ref>Template:EFloras</ref><ref>Template:Cite book</ref><ref>Template:Cite book</ref><ref>Template:Cite book</ref>

Maianthemum stellatum is a woodland herbaceous perennial plant, smaller than its close relative M. racemosum. For comparison, M. stellatum has smaller, more open inflorescences, flowers with stamens shorter rather than longer than the petals, and somewhat narrower and more curved leaves. Both species show the characteristic zigzag of the stem between the alternate leaves.<ref>Template:Cite book</ref><ref>Template:Cite book</ref> True Solomon's seal (Polygonatum species) have a similar overall appearance, but the flowers hang from the stem underneath the leaves, rather than forming a terminal cluster.

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