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

Aphanes australis Rydb.
small-fruited parsley-piert (slender parsley piert)
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Low annual herb from a taproot; stems decumbent to erect, 2-20 cm tall, usually freely branched from the base, soft-hairy.
Alternate, short-stalked, fan-shaped, the blades 3-5 cm long, sparsely long-hairy on both surfaces, deeply palmately cleft into 3 wedge-shaped segments themselves divided into 3 to 5 oblong lobes; stipules fused into a lobed, leaf-like cup, the lobes of the stipules surrounding the flower clusters oblong and nearly as long as the unlobed portion.
Inflorescence of axillary clusters of 5 to 15 tiny, short-stalked flowers, the clusters borne along most of the length of the stem at each node, in the axils of sheathing stipules; corollas lacking; calyces green, urn-shaped, long-hairy, 1-1.5 mm long, 4-lobed, the lobes triangular-egg-shaped, erect, 0.2-0.6 mm long; ovaries superior; stamens usually 1.
Achenes, 1, ellipsoid, smooth, about 1 mm long, encased within the dry hypanthium, which has convergent calyx-lobes so that the whole structure appears egg-shaped, this 1.4-1.8 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to vernally moist waste places in the lowland zone; infrequent in SW BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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 not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Alchemilla microcarpa Boiss. & Reut.
Aphanes microcarpa (Boiss. & Reut.) Rothm.

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