Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Angelica arguta Nutt.
- Family: Parsley (Umbelliferae)
- Flowering: July-August
- Field Marks: The individual leaflets in this species are lanceolate to ovate, the ovaries are smooth, and the fruits are not winged with thick, corky ridges.
- Habitat: Wet woods, bogs.
- Habit: Perennial herb with a stout taproot.
- Stems: Stout, usually branched, to 6 feet tall, smooth or slightly rough to the touch.
- Leaves: Alternate, 2- or 3-pinnately compound, the leaflets lanceolate to ovate, up to 6 inches long, up to 2 inches wide, more or less pointed at the tip, rounded at the base,
toothed, smooth or slightly rough to the touch; leaf stalks up to 1 foot long.
- Flowers: Many borne in several compound umbels, the rays of each umber up to 4 inches
long, the stalks of each flower up to 1/2 inch long, with a conspicuous web at the base.
- Sepals: Minute or absent.
- Petals: 5, white, free from each other, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior, smooth.
- Fruits: Oval to obovate, up to 1/3 inch long, up to 1/4 inch broad, narrowly winged.
- Notes: The fruits are eaten by birds.
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