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False Mermaid
Floerkea proserpinacoides

False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides) Other common names: False Mermaidweed, Proserpinca-like Mermaid

Family: False Mermaid Family (Limnanthaceae)

Distinctive features: Small plant, weak-stemmed, tiny flowers.

Flowers: Spring;  White;  3 parts (petals);  Very tiny, white. 3 petals.

Leaves: 3-5 leaflets.

Height: 10-30 cm (4-12 in)

Stem: Weak, lying along ground.

Habitat: Forests;  Wet woods and stream valleys.

Uses: Stems are edible and may be added to salads.

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 122   

Native/Non-native: Native

Notes: Tiny plant, hard to find and hard to ID. Thanks to Dean Gugler for this ID.

Photographs: 99 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides) flowers

False Mermaid flowers are very small!

False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides) leaf

A leaf. All of the photos are highly magnified. This is indeed a tiny plant!

The plants in these photos were found in the Dundas Valley, Ontario. All were taken with flash.

False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides) flower

A flower, just peeking out from its sepals. This is in mid-May.

False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides) flower

Another flower. Very hard to photograph!

False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides) plants

A group of the plants, lying across fallen leaves from last fall.

False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides) plants

A closer view.

Range map for False Mermaid (Floerkea proserpinacoides)

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The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

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