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Lamprocapnos Endl.

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderPapaveralesA group that includes buttercups and other poisonous plants
FamilyFumariaceaeFumitory, fumewort, or bleeding-heart family
GenusLamprocapnosFrom Greek lampros, “shining,” and Latin capno, “head”

About plant names...

Lamprocapnos and Dicentra are genera with similar-appearing flowers that are heart-shaped or have some other bilateral symmetry. Originally both groups were considered members of Dicentra. More recently, members of the Dicentra genus are those that contain all their leaves in a basal rosette; flowers appear on leafless stalks. Members of Lamprocapnos also contain leaves on the stems. Other related genera, all previously classified as Dicentra, include Dactylicapnos (climbing dicentra), Ichtyoselmis, (large-flowered dicentra), and Ehrendorferia (eardrops). The first two of these do not occur in North America; the last is found in some areas of California and the Baja California peninsula.

By the far most important member is Lamprocapnos spectabilis, or common bleeding heart.

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Lamprocapnos Endl.

(Lamprocapnos) · 5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 9 × 6″ (23 × 15 cm) Species not yet identified

Lamprocapnos Endl.

Bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) · 5/12/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, Mass­a­chu­setts


Lamprocapnos description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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