Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Cut-leaf Water Parsnip
Berula erecta (Huds.) Coville
- Family: Parsley (Umbelliferae)
- Flowering: May-October
- Field Marks: The distinguishing features of this species are the white flowers borne in compound umbels, and its pinnately compound leaves with 9-23 oblong leaflets up to 3/4 inch wide with at least the uppermost deeply jagged lobed.
- Habitat: Swamps, springs, bogs, sometimes in shallow water.
- Habit: Upright or reclining perennial herb with clusters of thickened roots.
- Stems: Upright or reclining, branched, up to 3 feet long, smooth.
- Leaves: Alternate, pinnately compound with 9-23 leaflets, each leaflet oblong, up to 3/4 inch wide, with or without teeth, but those of the upper leaves deeply jagged lobed, smooth.
- Flowers: Many borne in compound umbels up to 3 inches across, the umbels with as many
as 20 rays; bracts 4-8, linear; flower stalks up to 1/4 inch long.
- Sepals: 5, green, minute.
- Petals: 5, free from each other, white, up to 1/16 inch long.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Ovoid, flattened laterally, up to 1/10 inch long, smooth.
- Notes: This species in the past has been called Berula pusilla.
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