Perennial herb from a well-developed taproot with a strong licorice odor, below a slightly branched stem-base; stems stout, 0.4-1.2 m tall, clustered, glabrous.
Basal leaves clustered on long stalks; stem leaves several on shorter stalks, divided 1-3 times; leaflets lance-shaped and toothed, 2-10 cm long, 0.5-5 cm wide.
Inflorescence of loose compound umbels; flowers yellow, stalks short at flowering, becoming longer at maturity; involucels lacking.
Linear-oblong, blunt at the base, glabrous, 12-20 mm long, narrowing to a short beaklike tip.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Spring to Summer
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|ESSF(20), ICH(2), MS(5)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Glycosma occidentalis Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray
Osmorhiza ambigua (A. Gray) J.M. Coult. & Rose