|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Magnoliidae||Includes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others|
|Order||Papaverales||A group that includes buttercups and other poisonous plants|
|Family||Fumariaceae||Fumitory, fumewort, or bleeding-heart family|
|Genus||Lamprocapnos||From 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.
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.
(Lamprocapnos) · 5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts · ≈ 9 × 6″ (23 × 15 cm) Species not yet identified
Bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) · 5/12/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, Massachusetts