Then we would turn over, flat on our bellies in the leaf litter, and squirm into this miniature magical world.
Mayapple's Genus and species is Podophyllum pelatum. Pod = foot, phyllum = leaf, so picture these podiums, in deep greens and leafy lobes.
on stout peduncles
from the fork
between the leaves
This is what writers call "Found Poetry"! That's one of the reasons why I love my Botany books.
I actually counted the lobes on several leaves. Most have seven. This one eight, in stylish symmetry.
Between each lobe, a deep sinus... ...fringed with fine hairs.