Cooperia pedunculata

Common Name: Giant Rain Lily, Prairie Rain Lily, White Rain Lily

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flower--notice how the petals and sepals are indistinguishable?   When this is the case, we call them collectively tepals. habit--notice the parallel-veined strap-shaped leaves:  is this a monocot or a dicot?
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habit again--after the first good Spring rain in March or April, the rain lily flowers will open, seemingly from nowhere! developing fruit--how many lobes are present?  Is this a monocto or a dicot?

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fruit again, showing where tepals attached--did this fruit develop from a superior or an inferior ovary? developing seeds

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when the seeds mature, they turn a shiny black and are released through the top of the fruit