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Lomatium tuberosum
potato desert-parsley, Hoover's lomatium
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Scattered locations in Yakima County, Washington, and adjacent counties.

Habitat: Rocky slopes and talus.

Flowers: March - April

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Imperiled/Vulnerable in Washington (WANHP)


Scapose, glabrous and glaucous perennial from a tuberous-thickened root, the scape erect, 1-3 dm. tall.


Leaves all basal, ternate-pinnately dissected into numerous, small, crowded, blunt ultimate segments 2-8 mm. long; bladeless basal sheathes very large and conspicuous, but the remnants from previous year not prominent.


Inflorescence a compound umbel, the rays 5-13, up to 8 cm. long at maturity; involucre none; involucel of a few narrow, inconspicuous bractlets; flowers mustard yellow, becoming reddish with age. Hitchcock et. al. incorrectly refers to the flower color as purple.


Fruit elliptic-oval, reddish along the wings, 9-11 mm. long, the lateral wings thickened and less than 1 mm. wide.

Accepted Name:
Lomatium tuberosum Hoover

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lomatium tuberosum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lomatium tuberosum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Lomatium tuberosum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lomatium tuberosum photos.

USDA Plants: Lomatium tuberosum information.

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