Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria (Linnaeus) BernhardiSynonyms: Bicuculla cucullaria.

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Dutchman's Breeches grows in rich flood-plain and cove forests. It occurs in much of eastern North America. Interestingly, there is a disjunct population in the Pacific Northwest (J. Hill/MNPS).

Description:

Compare similar Squirrel Corn.

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Seeds are distributed by ants. Ants carry seeds to their nests and eat the seeds' elaiosomes (fleshy or oily appendages). The foliage is toxic to herbivorous mammals and is infrequently eaten by them (J. Hill/MNPS).

There are 187 records in the project database.

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Dutchman's Breeches blooming in Harford Co., Maryland (4/9/2017). Photo by Emily Carter Mitchell. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches blooming in Harford Co., Maryland (4/16/2016). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches along the C&O Canal in Washington Co., Maryland (4/3/2010). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Harford Co., Maryland (4/19/2014). Photo by Mike Burchett. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Prince George's Co., Maryland (4/4/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (4/21/2015). Photo by Bonnie Ott. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches, flower and fruits, in Washington Co., Maryland (4/10/2016). Photo by Bill Hill. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (4/13/2013). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/17/2016). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/8/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/30/2015). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches blooming in Montgomery Co., Maryland (4/12/2014). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/2/2015). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches growing in Charles Co., Maryland (5/10/2015). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Calvert Co., Maryland (4//1986). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches blooming in Howard Co., Maryland (4/13/2013). Photo by Joanne Solem. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Harford Co., Maryland (4/2/2017). Photo by Bob Cammarata. (MBP list)

Dutchman's Breeches in Allegany Co., Maryland (4/18/2017). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)


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