PULSATILLA

NUTTALLIANA.

PASQUE FLOWER.

SYN. — ANEMONE PATENS, VAR. NUTTALLIANA, GRAY; ANEMONE

NUTTALLIANA, D. C. ; ANEMONE LUDOVICIANA, NUTT. ; ANEMONE

FLAVESCENS, ZUCC. ; CLEMATIS HIRSUTISSIMA, POIR;

PULSATILLA PATENS, GRAY ; PULSATILLA PATENS VAR. ; WOLPGANGIANA,

TRAUVT ; PULSATILLA NUTTALLIANA, GRAY.

COM. NAMES. — PASQUE FLOWER (CROCUS, MAY FLOWER, PRAIRIE

FLOWER, AMERICAN PULSATILLA, HARTSHORN PLANT, GOSLINWEED).

A TINCTURE OF THE WHOLE FRESH PLANT, ANEMONE PATENS, VAR.

NUTTAI,LIANA, GRAY.

Description.—This beautiful prairie flower grows to a height of from 4 to lo

inches, from a branched perennial root. Stc7n erect and hairy, encircled near the

flower by a many-cleft, silky-haired involiicre, composed of numerous linnear, acute

lobes, which form the true stem-leaves. Leaves upon long hairy petioles, rising

more or less erect from the rootstock ; they are ternately divided, the lateral

divisions sessile and deeply 2-cleft, the central stalked and 3-cleft ; all the segments

deeply incised into narrow, linnear, acute lobes, smooth above and hairy

beneath. Inflorescence a conspicuous, terminal, villous, light purplish-blue flower,

fully developed and fertilized before the appearance of the true leaves. Sepals

generally 5, at first incumbent, then spreading, answering to petals in appearance ;

villous upon their outer surface. Petals wanting, or replaced by minute glandular

bodies, resembling abortive stamens. Stamens innumerable, in a dense circlet

surrounding the pistils; fllanients slender; antJters extrose, 2-celled ; pollen

with three longitudinal, deep sulci. Pistils numerous, in a dense cluster, separate,

hairy ; style long and slender, with a somewhat recurved summit ; stigvia indcfinate.

Fruit a plumose head, similar to that of Clematis ; carpels i -seeded, with long

feathery tails, composed of the lengthened, persistent, hairy styles. Seeds suspended.

RanunculacesB.—This natural order is composed of herbs and woody climbers.

* AMfioj. anemos, ihe wind. So named upon the supposition that the flowers of this genus only opened when the

wind was blowing.

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