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Lomatium utriculatum (Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray) J.M. Coult. & Rose
spring gold (common lomatium; fine-leaved lomatium)

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Distribution of Lomatium utriculatum
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a long, slender taproot, glabrous or short-hairy; stems 10-60 cm tall, leafy.
Mostly basal, pinnately compound, much dissected into small, very narrow segments; ultimate segments small, rarely as long as 1 cm.
Inflorescence of compound umbels with up to 15 compact heads; flowers bright yellow, small; involucels well-developed with egg-shaped, toothed bractlets.
Oblong to elliptic, 5-11 mm long, somewhat granular-roughened when young, usually glabrous at maturity, flattened, broadly winged with prominent ribs.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry bluffs, rocky slopes and grassy sites in the lowland zone; locally common on SE Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Lomatium utriculatum

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) 55 279 2355
Slope Gradient (%) 0 39 210
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
23 177 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 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: CDF(17), CWH(2), IMA(1)


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 cool mesothermal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lomatium vaseyi (J.M. Coult. & Rose) J.M. Coult. & Rose

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