Paris quadrifolia L.



Paris quadrifolia

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Paris quadrifolia L. - (Herb-paris)

Perennial herb of the Lily family -Liliaceae- up to 40 cm. Erect stems, springing from a crawling rhizome. Every stem has at the top a whorl of usually 4 sessile leaves, till 12 cm. The flower stands at the end of a long peduncle, having 4 exterior tepals, pale-greenish, and 4 interior ones very narrow and yellowish. 6-10 protruding stamens. The fruit is a berry, black-bluish. In humid deciduous woods of usually calcareous soil.

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