Herb paris

If you are walking in deciduous woodlands in limestone areas you are quite likely to find stands of this intriguing plant.
Its latin name, Paris quadrifolia, indicates that it has four broad leaves. Sometimes it may have five or even six.
The flowers are interesting. They consist of a star of four very narrow yellow green petals and four wider sepals topped by a crown of eight golden stamens. Later a single shiny black berry appears.
The name paris comes from the Latin par, meaning equal.

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