While I was missing the televised wedding, I was with real royalty: perfoliate bellwort. Only the second time I’ve ever seen this incredibly elegant plant and as the text below — from New England — indicates it is becoming rare. So happy to have had a chance to see it.
Perfoliate bellwort becomes increasingly rare in northern New England, and is absent in Maine. The name refers to the way the stem seems to pierce through the leaf blade. Note that large-flowered …bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) also has perfoliate leaves. The Iroquois used an infusion of the roots as a cough medicine as well as for washing sore eyes.
Leaf arrangementalternate: there is one leaf per node along the stem Leaf blade shape•the leaf blade is oblong (rectangular but with rounded ends)
•the leaf blade is ovate (widest below the middle and broadly tapering at both ends)
Leaf blade length40–125 mm Flower petal coloryellow Flower petal length15–35 mm Petal fusionthe perianth parts are separate Inflorescence typethe inflorescence has only one flower on it Ovary positionthe ovary is above the point of petal and/or sepal attachment Fruit type (specific)the fruit is a capsule (splits along two or more seams, apical teeth or pores when dry, to release two or more seeds) Fruit length7–13 mm