E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Angelica lucida L.
seacoast angelica (sea-watch)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Stout perennial herb from a strong taproot and partitioned stem-base; stems erect, single, 0.5-1.4 m tall.
Stem leaves glabrous, 2-3 times divided in 3's; leaflets egg-shaped to deltoid, 2-7 cm long, irregularly toothed; leaf stalks inflated, with expanded sheathing base.
Numerous, small compact heads in 1- several compound umbels; flowers white; involucral bracts lacking.
Oblong-elliptic, 4-9 mm long, glabrous, with corky-thickened, thin-edged ribs.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic beaches, coastal bluffs and meadows in the lowland to subalpine zones; common in and W of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, infrequent eastward; amphiberingian, N to AK and S to CA; E. Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Angelica lucida

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 0 111 1500
Slope Gradient (%) 0 8 120
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
12 224 290
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 5 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BAFA(1), CWH(40), MH(2), SWB(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is cool temperate & cool mesothermal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Coelopleurum actaeifolium (Michx.) J.M. Coult. & Rose
Coelopleurum gmelinii (DC.) Ledeb.
Coelopleurum lucidum (L.) Fernald
Coelopleurum lucidum subsp. gmelinii (DC.) A. Löve & D. Löve

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