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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Beaked Cornsalad

Beaked Cornsalad (Valerianella radiate)

       The native Beaked Cornsalad, endangered in some areas of the United states, is found from Oklahoma to the east coast and from Florida to Pennsylvania.
       Found in dry and damp areas, including open wooded areas, fields, pastures, roadsides and railroad tracks the Beaked Cornsalad blooms in mid to late spring.
       Growing to 20 inches tall, it produces small white, 5 segmented ¼-inch and smaller flowers. The leaves are opposite and up to 6 inches cm long. Its square shaped clusters of flowers and branching stem make this plant easily identifiable.
       This plant has both male and female organs, is self pollinating and fertile by itself. This plant is a member of the Valerianaceae or Valerian family.
       Leaves and roots of the Beaked Cornsalad are edible.
       It is not recommended that these plants be used as medicine or food since they may have bad side effects. Similar species, misidentified, may cause illness or death.

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