Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Aralia racemosa L. image
Photographer: Dennis W. Woodland           

Botanical Illustration

Derek Anderson

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Matthew L. Wagner

Matthew L. Wagner

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll
Family Araliaceae
Aralia racemosa L.
American spikenard, life-of-man
Aralia: Latinization of an old French-Canadian name aralie which probably came from Iroquois Indian language
racemosa: Latin for "having a raceme" (cluster of flowers each on its own stalk and arranged along a single central stem)
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 3'-7' tall forb; stems leafy, not bristly
Flower: white, 5-parted; inflorescence of many, rounded umbels in a spreading, branched cluster (compound panicle) up to 12" long; blooms July
Fruit:dark purple, berry-like
Leaf:widely-spreading, sharply and often doubly toothed, the 3 main divisions pinnately-divided
Habitat: shade; woods; in rich soil
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Aralia racemosa L. subsp. racemosa

         
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