Saturday, March 9, 2019

Sanicula crassicaulis (Pacific Sanicle)

3/25/17 Dripping Springs Trail, Agua Tibia Wilderness, 
Cleveland National Forest, Riverside County


COMMON NAME: Pacific Sanicle

SPECIES: Sanicula crassicaulis

FAMILY: Apiaceae (Carrot Family)


LOCATION: Dripping Springs Trail, Agua Tibia Wilderness, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside County

Treatment from Jepson eFlora:

Habit: Plant 24--120 cm, stout, taprooted. 

Leaf: generally palmate or palmate-ternate, green; blade 3--12 cm, generally +- rounded-cordate, lobes 3--5, obovate, generally +- deeply cut, margins finely sharp-serrate, teeth generally +- 1 mm, central lobe generally >= 10 mm wide at base, distal segment 4--20 mm wide. 

Inflorescence: peduncle 0.7--8 cm; bracts +- 5, 1--2 mm, < heads, narrowly lanceolate; pedicels short. 

Flower: bisexual 3--8, staminate 3--5; calyx lobes fused at base, 0.5--0.7 mm, +- lanceolate, acute; corolla yellow; styles 2 × calyx lobes. 

Fruit: 2--5 mm, +- round, occasionally stalked, with stout, bulbous-based prickles, occasionally little-developed proximally. 

Seed: face grooved. 

Ecology: Open slopes, ravines, woodland; 

Elevation: < 1500 m.

Bioregional Distribution: NW, SNF, s SNH, ScV (Sutter Buttes), CW, SW; 

Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Baja California; southern South America. 

Flowering Time: Mar--May 

Note: Highly variable. 

Jepson eFlora Author: Lincoln Constance & Margriet Wetherwax

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