Spotted Mandarin; Nodding Mandarin
Disporum maculatum / Lily Family
Height: 8" -32"
April 10, 2005
These uncommon plants are a treat to see blooming in the forest. They are related to the yellow-flowered Nodding Mandarin. Look for tiny purple dots on the "tepals" (same-colored sepals and petals). Maculatum means "spotted". Both of these plants are found in forests on the Cumberland Plateau. They can grow up to 32 inches tall. Close up picture follows.
Where seen: Frozen Head SP, Piney River, Great Smoky Mountains NP