This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
A singular genus of two species, one Indian and the other American, having fleshy rhizomes and erect stems, bearing usually 2 large opposite palmately-lobed leaves and a solitary white flower. Sepals 6, petaloid. Petals 6 to 9, larger than the sepals. Fruit an indehiscent berry. Name from a foot, and a leaf, in reference to the form of the leaves.
1. P. peltatum (fig. 25). May Apple. - The American species. This has white berries; and the Indian, P. Emodi, bright red. They are both marsh plants.
Fig. 25. Podophyllum peltatum. (1/4 nat. size.)