Sanicula arctopoides Hook. & Arn.
snake-root sanicle (bear's-foot sanicle; footsteps of spring)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Val George     (Photo ID #29448)


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Distribution of Sanicula arctopoides
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a taproot; stems prostrate or ascending, 5-30 cm tall, branching.
Basal leaves rosette forming, somewhat succulent, often yellowish, stem leaves reduced, becoming sessile, irregularly toothed or cleft, the blades 2.5-6 cm long, 2.5-9 cm wide.
Inflorescence of several to many compact headlike umbels; flowers yellow; involucel conspicuous, surpassing the heads, the bractlets entire or trilobed.
Egg-shaped to subglobose, 2-5 mm long, covered with stout, hooked prickles.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Mesic coastal bluffs in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known from SE Vancouver Island; S to CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Sanicula howellii (Coult. & Rose) Shan & Constance
Sanicula howellii (J.M. Coult. & Rose) Shan & Constance
Sanicula crassicaulis var. howellii (Coult. & Rose) Mathias