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Osmorhiza claytonii

Osmorhiza claytonii (Michx.) C.B. Clarke

Osmorhiza aristata (Thunb.) Makino & Yabe var. brevistylis (DC.) B. Boivin

Washingtonia claytonii (Michx.) Britton

Sweet Cicely, Clayton’s Sweetroot, Sweet Jarvil, Woolly Sweet Cicely

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderApialesIncludes carrots, celery, parsley, and ivy
FamilyApiaceaeCarrot or parsley family, also includes angelica, anise, caraway, celery, chervil, cicely, coriander/cilantro, cumin, dill, fennel, hemlock, lovage, Queen Anne’s Lace, parsnip
GenusOsmorhizaFrom the Greek osme, “odor,” and rhiza, “root,” meaning “odorous root,” in reference to the fragrance of the crushed root

About plant names...

Sweet cicely is part of the same family that includes carrots and parsely. It is a native of North America.

Identification: These plants grow in deciduous forests. Plants are 12-36" (30-91 cm), with fuzzy stems and leaves. Leaves are divided into threes twice or three times. Flowers are modest clusters of white flowers, each ⅛" (3.2 mm) around and have five tiny notched white petals. Fruits look like tiny brown beans ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) long.

Online References:

Osmorhiza claytonii at Minnesota Wildflowers

Osmorhiza claytonii at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Osmorhiza claytonii on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Osmorhiza claytonii at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Osmorhiza claytonii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 2 Jan 2019.

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Osmorhiza claytonii (Sweet Cicely, Clayton’s Sweetroot, Sweet Jarvil, Woolly Sweet Cicely)

1/16/2019 ID is uncertain

Osmorhiza claytonii (Sweet Cicely, Clayton’s Sweetroot, Sweet Jarvil, Woolly Sweet Cicely)

5/22/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain


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