(Perfoliate Bellwort - Mealy Bellwort)
Uvularia perfoliata - Linnaeus
Colchicaceae (Saffron) Family
Plant is an upright, smooth perennial from a rhizome. Preferred habitat is wooded slopes, moist woods and ravine bottoms. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem; fused so to appear as though the stem has pierced the leaf. Leaf is entire (no teeth and no lobes) and is widest at the middle.
Flowers are at the end of the flowering stem, solitary and subtended by a large, perfoliate bract. Perianth segments are separated to the base. Color is creamy white to yellow. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a capsule.
This bellwort is similar to U. sessilifolia, but does not have the stalkless leaf.