WHITE AVENS
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Geum canadense  Jacq.  var. camporum  (Rydb. ) Fernald & Weatherby
Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 1-3 feet
Family: Rosaceae - Rose Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August
Stems: Erect, 1 to several, simple, velvety pubescent above, sparsely hairy or glabrous below.
Leaves: Basal, simple, long-stalked, thick, undivided or frequently 3-5-lobed to deeply palmately divided, terminal segment broadly egg-shaped, larger than lateral segments; stem leaves alternate, short-stalked, similar; appressed hairy above; margins toothed; tips pointed; stipules ovate-oblong, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, entire or cleft.
Inflorescences: Solitary or few in clusters, terminal, on long stalks that are velvety-hairy and sparsely to densely long-hairy.
Flowers: 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide; sepals 5, lanceolate, to 2/5 inch long, greenish, tips pointed; petals 5, to 1/3 inch long, white, fading yellowish, bent backward; stamens numerous; pistils 50-80.
Fruits: Achenes, numerous, beaked, in spherical heads 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter.
Habitat: Shaded areas of woodlands, thickets, and stream valleys.
Distribution: East 3/4 of Kansas.
Uses: European avens (Geum urbanum L.) was sometimes used in remedies for diarrhea, liver ailments, rheumatism, and depression.
Comments: "Avens" is an English word of unknown meaning.

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