Twinleaf

Jeffersonia diphylla

Jeffersonia diphylla, which is also known as twinleaf or rheumatism root, is a small genus of herbaceous perennial plants in the family Berberidaceae. They are uncommon spring wildflowers and grow in limestone soils of rich deciduous forests.
Rheumatism Root - Jeffersonia diphylla One of its common names, twinleaf, suggest that the plant has two leaves, but there are actually more. Each leaf is divided into two nearly separate leaflets. I was too early to see the flowers, but each plant produces a single white flower. This plant is native to eastern North America and is rare - it's protected as threatened or endangered in several states.

Native Americans used the root of this plant to make tea for many illnesses. It was also used externally as a wash for rheumatism, sores, and ulcers. But, the plant is probably toxic, so it should be avoided.

Habitat: Wetland
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Naming

Jeffersonia was named for United States President Thomas Jefferson.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffersonia
Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderRanunculales
FamilyBerberidaceae
GenusJeffersonia
SpeciesJeffersonia diphylla