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Key to Helleborus

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1 Primary leaves of mature (fertile) plants all cauline; leaf segments < 1.5 cm wide; flowers < 3 cm across, > 9 per inflorescence
1 Primary leaves of mature (fertile) plants basal (the stem with reduced, bracteal leaves subtending the inflorescence); leaf segments > 3 cm wide; flowers > 4 cm across, (1-) 3 (-5) per inflorescence.
  2 Bracts subtending the inflorescence simple, entire; sepals bright white to pinkish
  2 Bracts subtending the inflorescence divided, serrate; sepals greenish, and sometimes variously pink- or white-tinted
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