Goldenseal - Hydrastis canadensis
This was a cool find! It's very rare in the Northeast.
*Currently listed as Vulnerable by IUCN and Threatened in New York State. It is likely that it will become Endangered before long. A major threat to this species is illegal collecting.
Habitat: Mesic forest
Goldenseal , also called orangeroot or yellow puccoon, is a perennial herb in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to southeastern Canada and the eastern United States. It may be distinguished by its thick, yellow knotted rootstock. The stem is purplish and hairy above ground and yellow below ground where it connects to the yellow rhizome.