- n Maianthemum sometimes placed in family Convallariaceae: false lily of the valley
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n maianthemum A genus of liliaceous plants of the tribe Polygonateæ, characterized by having the flowers in a terminal raceme, 2-merous, and without a perianth-tube, the segments spreading. They are low herbs, with slender creeping rootstocks, two (rarely three) heart-shaped leaves, and small white flowers. There is but a single species, M. Canadense, one of the plants known as false Solomon's-seal, found in moist woods throughout the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.