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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Berberidaceae
Genus: Diphylleia

Diphylleia is a group of small herbs in the family Berberidaceae described as a genus in 1803.[1][2] It is native to the eastern United States and eastern Asia.[3][4]

Diphylleia grayi, also known as the skeleton flower, has white petals that turn translucent with rain. When dry, they revert to white.[5]


The following species are recognised by World Flora Online:[6]

  1. Diphylleia cymosa Michx. - southern Appalachians from SW Virginia to NW Georgia
  2. Diphylleia grayi F.Schmidt - Cape Sōya in northern Japan[7]
  3. Diphylleia sinensis H.L.Li - China (Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan)


  1. ^ Michaux, André. 1803. Flora Boreali-Americana 1: 203, plates 19–20. in Latin
  2. ^ Tropicos, Diphylleia Michx.
  3. ^ Flora of North America, Vol. 3 Diphylleia Michaux
  4. ^ Flora of China Vol. 19 Page 787 山荷叶属 shan he ye shu Diphylleia Michaux
  5. ^ J. Mater: Chem A, 2015, 3, 9379-9384
  6. ^ "Diphylleia Michx". World Flora Online. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  7. ^ New York Botanical Garden Virtual Herbarium