Melanthium latifolium

Family (Traditional)Liliaceae
Species:Melanthium latifolium Desr.
Common NameCrisped Bunch Flower
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Moisture Requirements: Mesic; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Petiole Type: subpetiolate; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Type: sword-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 9
StatusNative; TN[S1S2] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Melanthium hybridum Melanthium hybridum Walter
Melanthium latifolium Melanthium latifolium Desr.
Veratrum hybridum Veratrum hybridum (Walter) J. H. Zimmerman ex Zomlefer
Veratrum latifolium Veratrum latifolium (Desr.) Zomlefer

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Carter (TN), Greene (TN), Hamilton (TN), Polk (TN), Unicoi (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: ETSU, TENN, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 2009 - 2010

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
N/A Greene Tennessee 16 May 2010 Frosty Levy
Melanthium latifolium
ETSU006624 Unicoi Tennessee 06 Aug 2009 Frosty Levy
Melanthium latifolium
TENN-V-0065262 Polk Tennessee
Melanthium hybridum
TENN-V-0065263 Unicoi Tennessee
Melanthium hybridum
TENN-V-0065258 Carter Tennessee
Veratrum latifolium
TENN-V-0244176 Polk Tennessee
Veratrum hybridum
TENN-V-0065259 Carter Tennessee
Veratrum latifolium
UCHT005507 Hamilton Tennessee John Beck
Veratrum latifolium
ETSU032226 Carter Tennessee James T Donaldson
Melanthium latifolium
N/A Greene Tennessee Frosty Levy
Melanthium latifolium
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