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Lomatium martindalei (J.M. Coult. & Rose) J.M. Coult. & Rose
Martindale's lomatium (cascade desertparsley; few-fruited lomatium)

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Distribution of Lomatium martindalei
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In BC, this species is being assessed by the BC Conservation Data Centre. We presently list one variety (var. angustatum), however there may also be a second variety (var. martindalei) present.

Species Information

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Perennial herb from an elongate taproot or a thickened, subterranean root crown or branching stem-base; stems prostrate to ascending, up to 40 cm long, glabrous.
Mostly basal, prostrate, not much dissected, with toothed or cleft leaflets.
Inflorescence of compound umbels; flowers white or yellowish-white; longer spokes up to 1.5-6 cm long at maturity; involucels of a few inconspicuous, narrow bractlets.
Oblong to elliptic, 8-16 mm long; wings thin, equal to or narrower than the body.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rocky slopes and meadows in the montane to alpine zones; infrequent in SW BC; S to OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Lomatium martindalei

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) 165 922 1750
Slope Gradient (%) 16 46 125
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
88 157 184
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 2
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: CWH(4), ESSF(1), MH(2)


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 alpine tundra & boreal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lomatium angustatum (J.M. Coult. & Rose) H. St. John
Lomatium angustatum (J.M. Coult. & Rose) H. St. John var. flavum G.N. Jones
Lomatium angustatum var. flavum G.N. Jones
Lomatium martindalei var. angustatum (Coult. & Rose) Coult. & Rose
Lomatium martindalei var. flavum (G.N. Jones) Cronq.

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