Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Spiraea alba
Meadow-sweet
Taxonomy

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Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

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Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Collection & Observation Timeline [?]

Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Dicot-woody, perennial

Roots: primary

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; serrate leaf margin; Pinnate leaf venation; ovate leaf shape

Inflorescence: panicle

Flowers: perfect; 5 merous; complete, regular; white; perigynous ovary position

Fruit: follicle

Physiology: autotrophic; C3 C02 fixation

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Species is distributed in marshy meadows; ditch edges; peaty or boggy soils; sunny areas.

ILPIN Notes: Species may cause hayfever. Prairie chickens eat the seeds and browse buds; cover for cottontail rabbits, woodcock; food for rabbits. Species has glabrous twigs, leaves; inflorescence finely pubescent.

Functional Relationships:

  • Pollinators insects (insect, bee)

Human Relationships:

  • Edibility [?] :
  • Showy Flowers: high

Wildlife and Livestock Information:

  • Food Value:
  • Cover Value: small mammals: good

Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

  • Entire State: 6
  • Chicago Area: 7

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