Friday, March 16, 2018

California Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza brachypoda)

4/17/10 Trans Preserve Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, 
Murrieta, SW Riverside County, CA


COMMON NAME: California Sweet Cicely

SPECIES: Osmorhiza brachypoda

FAMILY: Apiaceae (Carrot Family)


LOCATION: Trans Preserve Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Murrieta, SW Riverside County, CA

Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Plant 3--8 dm, finely hairy.

Leaf: petiole 5--20 cm; blade 1--2 dm, ovate to triangular-ovate, 2--3-ternate, leaflets 2--8 cm, ovate, serrate to irregularly cut or pinnately lobed. 

Inflorescence: peduncle 9--20 cm; bractlets 2--6, 2--10 mm, linear to lanceolate; rays 2--5, 3.5--12 cm, spreading-ascending; pedicels 1--5 mm. 

Flower: corolla +- green-yellow; styles generally < 1 mm; disk generally conspicuous. 

Fruit: 12--20 mm, oblong-fusiform; tail 1--4 mm; beak slender; ribs bristly. 

Ecology: Moist ravines, conifer forest, woodland; 

Elevation: 200--2000 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: c&s SNF, n SNH, Teh, SnFrB, SCoR, TR, PR; 

Distribution Outside California: central Arizona. 

Flowering Time: Mar--May 

eFlora Treatment Author: Lincoln Constance & Margriet Wetherwax

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