SOLVED: Unidentified Woodland Plant

Brown City, MI(Zone 5a)

Hello Everyone,
I have three unidentified plants for you.
Here is the first of them.
This one was growing in a small clump near a rotting piece of wood. Small plant about 4" tall. Heart shaped leaf, almost like a water lily. But notice the flower bud, looks as if it will be a cluster of flowers.
Could this be a kind of Ginger? Or perhaps a violet?

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I don't know anything about US wildflowers - but I'd say not a ginger or a violet. Were there any flowers out? Were all the leaves like this? Something with a lot of small flowers in a cluster - maybe in the Cruciferae family. Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower)?

Brown City, MI(Zone 5a)

Mary,
Yes all the leaves were the same. None of the flowers had opened yet but look as if they will soon. Maybe I will post a picture once it flowers as I know that the flower makes it much easier to identify. All of my wildflower books are arranged by flower color.

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Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

It looks like a marsh marigold.

Brown City, MI(Zone 5a)

Calalily,
The leaves are similar to a Marsh Marigold, but I have those growing in the woods as well. They are much larger than this tiny plant and the flower developes differently. Maybe it is related though.

Princeton, NJ(Zone 6a)

I believe what you have is in fact the native Asarum canadense, a.k.a. wild ginger. If I had a pic of the flowers I could do a positive i.d. for you.

Brown City, MI(Zone 5a)

Jerseyguy,
The flowers are just beginning to open. They appear to be a cluster of little white flowers which doesn't fit for wild ginger. If I get back in the woods tomorrow I'll take a picture. It's pretty wet here so I may not be able to.

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