Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

World Boreal Trees

Terminology | Pictorial

Podophyllum peltatum
"American Mandrake"

Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)

A small herb with a long, perennial, creeping rhizome, growing to a height of 30 - 45 cm.


May-apple Distinguishing Features - Leaves: two, large, deeply lobed; >30 cm wide; deeply palmately lobed with notched tips. Flowers: apple-blossom-like, creamy white; solitary, nodding, attached to "crotch" between the leaves; 5 cm wide with 6-9 waxy white petals; blooming April and June. Fruit: large, oval, lemon-yellow, fleshy, lemon-like berry.


Native of North America; Ontario and Quebec; south to Florida; west to Texas; north to Minnesota; wet meadows and damp, open woods.


The edible ripe fruits can be used in jellies. The roots were used as a cathartic by North American Indians.

Return to Top of Page

Home | Forest Capital of Canada | About Our Website |
Ontario's North (West) Forest | Boreal Forests of the World | North (West) Forest Industry |
World Links and Resources | "Forest Finder" Search Engine | Educational Resources |
What's Happening | Contacts | Site Map |