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Early Meadow-Rue vs King of the Meadow

Early Meadow-Rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

King of the Meadow (Thalictrum pubescens)

Most leaflets have at least 4 lobes, often significantly more (up to 12), only rarely as few as 3.
Photo © Samuel A. Schmid, CC BY 4.0.
Most leaflets have at most 3 lobes, and may occasionally even be unlobed.
Photo © Tyler, CC BY 4.0.
Filaments (stalks of stamens) are yellow to greenish yellow. Flowers are consistently drooping.
Photo © Samuel A. Schmid, CC BY 4.0.
Filaments are bright white. Male flowers may be drooping but are typically more upright with stamens radiating in all directions.
Photo © Allen Browne, CC BY 4.0.

References & External Resources

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Early Meadow-Rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

King of the Meadow (Thalictrum pubescens)

Thalictrum dioicum | Go Botany (About This Site)

Thalictrum pubescens | Go Botany (About This Site)

Thalictrum dioicum (Early Meadow Rue) | Illinois Wildflowers (About This Site)

No corresponding entry

Thalictrum dioicum | Flora of North America (About This Site)

Thalictrum pubescens | Flora of North America (About This Site)

Thalictrum dioicum | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Thalictrum pubescens | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)