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Angelica lucida
seacoast angelica, sea-watch

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington in the coastal counties; Alaska to California, also in eastern North America; Far East Russia.

Habitat: Coastal bluffs, beaches, and estuaries.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Stout perennial 4-14 dm. tall.


Leaves glabrous, the petiole with very broad, sheathing base, or the upper wholly sheath-like; leaf blades ternate-pinnately twice compound; leaflets 3-7 cm. long and 2-6 mm. wide, ovate and serrate.


Compound umbels several, with 20-45 rays up to 10 cm. long; involucre wanting or a few small bracts; involucel of narrow bractlets; calyx obsolete; petals white, glabrous.


Ovary inferior, 2-celled, the stylopodium broadly conic; fruit oblong-elliptic, 4-9 mm. long and 2-5 mm. wide, the ribs all nearly alike, thickened but not winged.

Accepted Name:
Angelica lucida L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 251. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Coelopleurum actaeifolium (Michx.) J.M. Coult. & Rose
Coelopleurum gmelinii (DC.) Ledeb.
Coelopleurum longipes
Coelopleurum lucida L.
Coelopleurum lucidum (L.) Fernald
Coelopleurum lucidum (L.) Fernald ssp. gmelinii (DC.) Á. Löve & D. Löve
Coelopleurum maritimum
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Angelica lucida in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Angelica lucida checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Angelica lucida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Angelica lucida photos.

USDA Plants: Angelica lucida information.

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