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Thalictrum revolutum

Thalictrum revolutum DC.

Thalictrum revolutum DC. var. glandulosior B. Boivin

Waxy-leaf Meadow-rue, Purple Meadowrue, Skunk Meadowrue, Waxy Meadowrue

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderRanunculalesBasal (evolved earlier) eudicots, also called “true dicots”
FamilyRanunculaceaeButtercup family
GenusThalictrumFrom Greek qaliktron (thaliktron), a “plant with divided leaves”
SpeciesrevolutumFrom the Latin, revolvo, “to roll back; unroll; to revolve”

About plant names...

Waxy-leaved meadow-rue is a North American native plant.

Identification: Plants are 3-7' (91-213 cm) tall. Leaves are alternate, and ternately compound: each “leaf” is split into three smaller leaves, and each of those is further divided into three leaflets. Leaflets are 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm) × ½-¾" (1.3-1.9 cm), usually leathery, with rounded bases and 1-3 rounded lobes. Leaf tips are more pointed in unlobed leaflets. Leaf undersides and stems are coated with a waxy-looking material that makes them look very light-colored, leaflets almost white. Flowers are white, in multiple racemes or panicles. Fruits are ⅛-³/₁₆" (3.5-5 mm). Plants smell pungent (one common name is skunk meadowrue), especially after a rain.

Online References:

Thalictrum revolutum at Illinois Wildflowers

Thalictrum revolutum on Earl J.S. Rook's Flora, Fauna, Earth, and Sky ... The Natural History of the Northwoods

Thalictrum revolutum on Discover Life

Thalictrum revolutum on eFloras

Thalictrum revolutum (Waxy-leaf Meadow-rue, Purple Meadowrue, Skunk Meadowrue, Waxy Meadowrue)

7/25/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 6 × 6" (14 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum revolutum (Waxy-leaf Meadow-rue, Purple Meadowrue, Skunk Meadowrue, Waxy Meadowrue)

7/25/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 8 × 6" (20 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum revolutum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Thalictrum revolutum (Waxy-leaf Meadow-rue, Purple Meadowrue, Skunk Meadowrue, Waxy Meadowrue)

7/25/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum revolutum (Waxy-leaf Meadow-rue, Purple Meadowrue, Skunk Meadowrue, Waxy Meadowrue)

6/25/2015 · Far and Near
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

Thalictrum revolutum (Waxy-leaf Meadow-rue, Purple Meadowrue, Skunk Meadowrue, Waxy Meadowrue)

7/25/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 5 × 5" (13 × 12 cm) ID is uncertain

Thalictrum revolutum (Waxy-leaf Meadow-rue, Purple Meadowrue, Skunk Meadowrue, Waxy Meadowrue)

6/25/2015 · Far and Near
≈ 3½ × 4" (9.3 × 11 cm)

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