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Starflower (Trientalis borealis)
French name: trientale boréale
General: Starflower is a common woodland plant, particularly in Nova Scotia.
Leaves & Twigs: Plants emerge in the spring from thick underground roots. Later each plant will develop a shiny stem about 20 cm tall, rising out of a crown of shiny oval leaves.
Flowers & Fruit: One or two white, seven-petalled flowers appear on slender stalks. The star-shaped flowers of this plant are among the first to appear on the forest floor every spring. The flowers produce small brown pods, each with only a few seeds.
Habitat:The starflower is usually found in openings in mixed woods.
Sampling: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a 1-metre-square section to observe.