Weekly photo challenge: Twisted

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Streptopus lanceolatus is twisted in more than one way. Its common name, Rose twisted-stalk, is likely due to its multi branching stalk that zig-zags its way to the tip. At the axil of the leaf (space where the leaf meets the stalk), little pink bells gently dangle down. The identification can be also twisted: Maianthemum racemosum, Polygonatum pubescens and Streptopus amplexifolius all have similar forms despite belonging to three different plant genera. Rose twisted-stalk is distinct from the first two because it has multiple stalks. It can be differentiated from Streptopus amplexifolius by its small size, lack of a leaf that hugs or clasps the stalk and its tiny hairs.

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