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Ligusticum canbyi (J.M. Coult. & Rose) J.M. Coult. & Rose
Canby's lovage (Canby's licorice-root)

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Species Information

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Stout perennial herb from a thick taproot; stems 50-120 cm tall, branching, glabrous, leafy with fibrous remains of leaf sheaths at the base.
Compound, mostly basal, divided into distinct toothed leaflets up to 5 cm long; stem leaves reduced but at least 1 fairly well-developed.
Inflorescence in small compound umbels with 7-14 compact heads; flowers white, rays of terminal umbels 15-40; involucral bracts lacking.
Oblong to elliptic, 4-5 mm long, glabrous, with narrowly winged ribs.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist streambanks, slopes and meadows in the montane zone; locally frequent in SC and SE BC; S to ID, MT and NE OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Ligusticum canbyi

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) 557 1658 2325
Slope Gradient (%) 0 18 270
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
2 61 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 4 8
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: ESSF(417), ICH(65), IDF(3), MS(5)


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

Ligusticum caeruleimontanum H. St. John
Ligusticum leibergii J.M. Coult. & Rose

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