And another thank you to Eric La Fountaine today for the write-up and photograph… appreciated once again.
This cheerful clump of flowering large false Solomon’s-seal was photographed at the entrance of the Native Garden here at UBC Botanical Garden last spring. This accession* has been removed from the garden and the bed photographed is now vacant and being prepared for another planting, but other accessions of the taxon remain in the Native Garden for viewing next season. Maianthemum racemosum subsp. amplexicaule is native to British Columbia and much of western North America. The flowers are followed by small red berries. Maianthemum spp., formerly called Smilacina, are cultivated to make attractive plantings for woodland gardens. By entering the name into the taxon search at E-Flora BC, species and distribution information can be accessed.
*Accession is a term used in museums, botanic gardens and other curated collections to identify an item in the collection. In the case of our botanic garden, an accession is a single taxon acquired on one date from one source. The accession may consist of more than one individual of the taxon, but different acquisitions of the same taxon would be considered separate accessions. Each accession is assigned a unique number for horticultural and research data management. In the example of the Maianthemum racemosum subsp. amplexicaule 037041-1003-2003, 037041 is the identifying number, 1003 represents the source of the plant and 2003 is the year that it was entered into our records.