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Sedona area - ML

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Lomatium foeniculaceum - desert biscuitroot

Synonyms: Lomatium macdougali
Other Common Names: lomatium, desert parsley
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Apiaceae

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Sedona area
Plant - summer
Sedona area
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Several decumbent stems arising from a thick bulbous taproot.
Height: Up to 12 inches


Habitat Description: Oak-juniper woodlands and clearings in ponderosa forests.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 4500 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow, white, or purple     Shape: Inconspicuous in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: Tiny 5 petal flowers form tight umbels on long stems.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are highly dissected, hairy on both surfaces and very aromatic.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Light brown   
Fruit Type: Winged
Fruit Notes: Oval, hairy, and 2-seeded. The seeds are very similar to those of dill, and have papery “wings.”

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