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Lomatium foeniculaceum (Nutt.) J.M. Coult. & Rose
carrot-leaved desert parsley (desert biscuitroot; fennel-leaved desert-parsley)

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Lomatium foeniculaceum var. foeniculaceum

Species Information

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Perennial herb from a long, woody or somewhat fleshy taproot, sometimes with a branching stem-base; stems solitary or several, short-hairy, 20-90 cm tall.
Mostly basal, short, 1-3 times divided, short-hairy with short stalks or unstalked; ultimate segments of the leaves relatively small, 1-3 mm long.
Inflorescence of compound umbels; flowers yellow; involucel bractlets broadly oblanceolate to egg-shaped, finely hairy; involucels more or less strongly fused.
Oblong to elliptic, 5-10 mm long, short-hairy at least when young, wings thin, not corky-thickened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grassy slopes in the montane zone; rare in NE BC, known recently only from Golata Creek (Peace River area); E to MB and S to TX, AZ and OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Lomatium foeniculaceum

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1270 1270 1270
Slope Gradient (%) 35 35 35
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
315 315 315
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 3 3
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:


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.

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