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Trautvetteria caroliniensis
false bugbane, wild bugbane

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, also in central and southeastern U.S.

Habitat: Moist, open woods and stream banks, low to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herb from widely-spreading rhizomes, the 1-several stems erect, 5-8 dm. tall, glabrous below but becoming crisp-puberulent in the inflorescence.


Leaves mostly basal, long-petiolate, palmately deeply lobed into 5-11 wedge-shaped, variously lobed and toothed segments, glabrous above and pubescent and paler beneath; cauline leaves 1-2, alternate, short-petiolate.


Inflorescence terminal on the stems, branched and flat-topped; sepals 4, 3-5 mm. long, ovate, concave; petals none; stamens numerous, whitish, 5-9 mm. long; pistils several.


Achenes 3-4 mm. long, papery, strongly nerved, the stylar beak hooked.

Accepted Name:
Trautvetteria caroliniensis (Walter) Vail
Publication: Mem. Torrey Bot. Club. 2: 42. 1890. 1890.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Trautvetteria caroliniensis (Walter) Vail var. occidentalis (A. Gray) C.L. Hitchc. [HC, KZ99]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Trautvetteria caroliniensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Trautvetteria caroliniensis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Trautvetteria caroliniensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Trautvetteria caroliniensis photos.

USDA Plants: Trautvetteria caroliniensis information.

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