Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC. image
Photographer: Kitty Kohout           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

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Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll
Family Apiaceae
Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC.
anise-root, long-styled sweet cicely, long-styled sweet-root, smooth sweet cicely
Osmorhiza: from the Greek osme, "odor," and rhiza, "root," meaning "odorous root," in reference to the fragrance of the crushed root
longistylis: with long styles
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial forb with an anise odor; thickened roots
Flower: white, 5-parted, styles mostly straight, longer than the petals; inflorescence a compound umbel, with 3-6 stalked, few-flowered, bracted umbellets from the top and sides of the stem; blooms May-June
Fruit:dry, slightly curved sides, splitting into 2 seeds fruit drawing
Leaf:toothed or lobed, 2 times pinnately-divided; lower stalked, upper stalkless
Habitat: moist; woods, forests

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All Osmorhiza list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Myrrhis longistylis Torr.
Osmorhiza aristata (Thunb.) Makino var. longistylis (Torr.) B.Boivin
Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC. var. brachycoma S.F.Blake
Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC. var. imbarbata Salamun
Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC. var. villicaulis Fernald
Washingtonia longistylis (Torr.) Britton

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