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Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for Mar 27th - Apr 5th, 2006

Picture of Hepatica nobilis var. obtuse.  Click here for a larger image.
This is roundlobed hepatica, Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa.

The hairy or pubescent structure is called the calyx. Roundlobed hepatica is one of the first wildflowers
to pop up from the forest floor; it lives on mossy banks, rocky ledges, and wooded slopes. It was once
used by colonists to cure liver aliments, because its leaves are shaped like the human liver. Roundlobed hepatica’s native range is southeastern Canada to southeastern United States (USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 11), and it prefers acidic soils. Roundlobed hepatica can be found the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection.

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