Mayapples | Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mayapples

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Mayapples usually grow in groups and the shiny, slightly unusual leaf color makes them very distinctive and easy to spot. The flowers, on the other hand, hang below the leaves and must be looked for. This colony of Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) – was photographed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Although too poisonous to use in home remedies this plant has many medical uses. Native Americans used the root as a strong laxative, to treat worms and for numerous other things. The root is currently used in cancer medications and may have commercial potential as a cultivated plant.

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