May-Apple/ Mandrake

Podophyllum peltatum
A smooth, 12-18" plant with a pair of large, palmately lobed leaves on long stalks. When young, these leaves are furled and hang down, but then unfurl and spread. The 1-2" solitary, nodding flower arises on a short stalk from the fork of the 2 leaf-stalks. There are 3 small green bracts, 6 sepals that fall early and 6-9 waxy, white petals. The fleshy, yellow 1-2" fruit is lemon-like. Blooms in May in open woods, pastures. Fruit is edible when ripe in July.