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Green Flowers ( Compound Leaves )
Ginseng Family (Araliaceae)

Wild Sarsaparilla
Aralia nudicaulis

Season: June/July
Habitat:
 Montane on both sides of Continental Divide
Height:
 25 cm

Description: This common woodland plant has a compound leaf rising on an erect stem. The leaf-stalk usually branches into three separate compound leaves of 3-5 leaflets each. The leaflets are dull, oblong, smooth margined and taper to a point. The leaves are 8-22 cm long. The flowers arise on a separate stem, and usually remain lower than the leaves. The stem usually branches into three, with a dense cluster of greenish flowers at the end of each. The ball-like clusters of flowers are made up of many tiny, 5 petaled, greenish flowers. The clusters are replaced by dark purple, inedible berries.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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