(also May apple)
An American herbaceous plant of the barberry family with large, deeply divided leaves. The plant, which bears a yellow, egg-shaped edible fruit in May, has long been used medicinally. Also called mandrake.
- Podophyllum peltatum, family Berberidaceae.
- If the method is adopted, increased demand for the American mayapple may make it a new alternative crop.
- They might remind you of mayapple or of pachysandra.
- I have christened it the ‘Mandrake’ (the name used for the mayapple [Podophyllum peltatum] by various 16 th- and 17 th-century English poets).
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