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

Berula erecta (Huds.) Coville
cut-leaved water-parsnip (cutleaf waterparsnip)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a fibrous root, often forming stolons; stems freely branching, soft, 20-80 cm tall.
Basal leaves soon deciduous; lower stem leaves compound, oblong, scalloped with toothed edges, 6-12 cm; upper stem leaves smaller, narrower, sharply toothed and often irregularly indented; sometimes with submerged, dissected leaves.
Several to many, in umbrella-like clusters; flowers small, white.
Rounded, 1.5-2 mm long, ribs conspicuous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Mid Summer
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present over the Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist streambanks, ditches and opens areas in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; rare in S BC; E to NY and S to FL and MX.

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

Berula erecta var. incisa (Torr.) Cronquist
Berula incisa (Torr.) G.N. Jones
Berula pusilla Fernald
Siella erecta (Huds.) M. Pimen.

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