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Osmorhiza berteroi
Chilean sweet-cicely, mountain sweet-cicely
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout much of Washington; southern Alaska to California, east to South Dakota and Arizona.

Habitat: Woodlands, from near sea level to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Somewhat short-hairy perennial from a well-developed taproot, the 1-3 stems 3-10 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Leaf blades biternate, the leaflets thin, narrow to broadly ovate, coarsely toothed to incised, 2-7 cm. long and 1-5.5 cm. wide; basal leaves several, long-petiolate; cauline leaves 1-3, sub-sessile; stem branched above and producing several small umbels.

Flowers:

Inflorescence of loose, compound umbels, the long peduncles rising from leaf axils as well as terminal, the peduncles 5-25 cm. long; the 3-5 rays ascending-spreading, 2-12 cm. long; involucre and involucel wanting; calyx teeth obsolete; flowers usually greenish-white, occasionally yellowish.

Fruits:

Fruit linear-oblong, 12-22 mm. long, concavely narrowed toward the summit, densely covered with ascending hairs at least toward the base; stylopodium conic, about as high as wide.

Accepted Name:
Osmorhiza berteroi DC.

Synonyms:
Osmorhiza brevipes (J.M. Coult. & Rose) Suksd.
Osmorhiza chilensis Hook. & Arn. [HC, IMF3, JPM, VPBC1]
Osmorhiza divaricata (Britton) Suksd.
Osmorhiza intermedia
Osmorhiza nuda Torr.
Osmorhiza nuda Torr. var. brevipes (Coult. & Rose) Jeps [IMF]
Osmorhiza nuda Torr. var. divaricata (Britton) Jeps
Scandix divaricata (Britton) Koso-Pol. [IMF]
Washingtonia brevipes Coult. & Rose [IMF]
Washingtonia divaricata Britton
Washingtonia intermedia
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Osmorhiza berteroi in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Osmorhiza berteroi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Osmorhiza berteroi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Osmorhiza berteroi photos.

USDA Plants: Osmorhiza berteroi information.

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