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Sarsaparilla (Wild)

Aralia nudicaulis
Sarsaparilla (Wild)

Habitat

They are found very commonly in wooded areas.

Description

The leaves loom over the flowers in 3 groups of 5 leaflets each. The flowers are greenish-white in a little splay (umbel), 3 to a long stalk. They bloom in late spring to early summer.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

  • Flower Type: Flowers too small to be seen clearly but forming three sprays on a single stem
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Flower Color: Greenish-white

  • Leaf Arrangement: Compound - 3 groups of 5 leaflets sitting umbrella-like over flower
  • Plant Type: Wildflower (tall 6-15 inches)
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Leaf Type: Egg-shaped and toothed
Sarsaparilla (Wild)

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