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Melanthium virginicum
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Melanthium virginicum (Liliaceae), Virginia bunchflower, is a perennial herbaceous forb of wet, mesic prairies. It is found in most of the eastern United States extending west into Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. M. virginicum was recently placed on the Illinois list of threatened plants in 1999 due to a decline in its presence from 17 counties in the 1800's to 3 (Hancock, McDonough, and Warren) counties at present. Only one of these populations is protected, being in the Massasauga Prairie Nature Preserve.

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  Images and Distribution:
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  *Melanthium photos and distribution maps courtesy of PLANTS National Database.

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Key Findings:
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Seed dormancy is broken with stratification.

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Students Involved (Eastern Illinois University):

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Chris DeLine (2001)

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Students Involved (University of Illinois):

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Pamela Toppin (2001)