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Lomatium canbyi
Canby's biscuit-root, chucklusa, Canby's desert-parsley

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington chiefly in the Columbia River Basin. central Washington to northeastern Nevada, east to southwestern Idaho.

Habitat: Scablands and sagebrush steppe in rather deep soil.

Flowers: March-April

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, nearly scapose perennial from a globose-thickened taproot, the scapes up to 2 dm. tall.


Leaves all basal, pinnately dissected into numerous, crowded, rounded ultimate segments not over 5 cm. long. Taproot globose-thickened up to 3.5 cm, surmounted by an elongate, cylindrical, slender upper portion.


Inflorescence a compound umbel, the rays unequal, 2.5-7 cm. long; scapes 1-several, ascending; involucre wanting; involucel bractlets narrow and inconspicuous, 1-3 mm. long; pedicels becoming elongate, 4-15 mm. long in fruit; calyx teeth obsolete; petals white, with usually dark purple, but occasionally yellow, stamens.


Fruit glabrous, broadly elliptic, 6-10 mm. long, the thin wings about half as wide as the body.

Accepted Name:
Lomatium canbyi (J.M. Coult. & Rose) J.M. Coult. & Rose
Publication: Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 7: 210. 1900.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cogswellia canbyi (Coult. & Rose) M.E. Jones
Peucedanum canbyi J.M. Coult. & Rose
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Lomatium canbyi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Lomatium canbyi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lomatium canbyi photos.

USDA Plants: Lomatium canbyi information.

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