CAROLINA ANEMONE
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Anemone caroliniana  Walt.
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 2 - 12 inches
Family: Ranunculaceae - Buttercup Family
Flowering Period:   April, May
Stems: Erect, simple, slender, glabrous below, very hairy above, arising from rhizomes with tuberous thickenings.
Leaves: Basal leaves on stalks 1-4 inches long, deeply divided into 3 parts which are in turn divided into toothed or lobed segments, 1-6 inches long, 1-2 inches wide, glabrous or sparsely hairy; upper stem leaves in whorl at base of flowering stalk, mostly sessile, deeply dissected, about 1/2 to 1 inch long.
Inflorescences: Solitary flower, 3/4 to 1.5 inches wide, terminal.
Flowers: Sepals petal-like, 10-27 in number, to 3/4 inch long, purple, bluish, or white; petals absent; stamens and pistils numerous, yellow, in central cylindric cluster.
Fruits: Achenes, densely woolly, in elongate heads.
Habitat: Dry, open prairies and pastures; gravelly or sandy soils.
Distribution: East two-thirds of Kansas.
Comments: The flowers open in the morning and close by late afternoon.

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