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Thalictrum occidentale A. Gray[FNA3, HC, HC2]
western meadow rue

Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 8: 372. 1873.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA3: "Thalictrum occidentale is similar to T . confine and T . venulosum ; thorough field studies are needed to determine whether or not they should be maintained as separate species. Thalictrum occidentale can usually be distinguished by its reflexed achenes.

Plants of northern British Columbia, sometimes called Thalictrum occidentale var. breitungii (B. Boivin) Brayshaw, appear to be intermediate between T. occidentale and T. venulosum (T. C. Brayshaw, pers. comm.); achenes are ascending, ± compressed, and beaks rather short (2-4 mm) (T. C. Brayshaw 1989).

Some of the Native Americans used Thalictrum occidentale medicinally for headaches, eye trouble, and sore legs, to loosen phlem, and to improve blood circulation (D. E. Moerman 1986)."

References: (none)

Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Thalictrum occidentale A. Gray var. macounii B. Boivin
Thalictrum occidentale A. Gray var. occidentale[KZ99]
Thalictrum occidentale A. Gray var. palousense H. St. John