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Lomatium gormanii
Gorman's desert-parsley, Gorman's lomatium, salt and pepper

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to Oregon, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Open slopes and scablands in the foothills, valleys and plains, often with sagebrush.

Flowers: December-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Low, glabrous perennial from a globose-thickened taproot, the leaves attached below the surface and the stem appearing scapose, up to about 1.5 dm. tall.


Leaves few, bi-ternately compound and pinnately-ternately dissected; petioles chaffy, sheathing; leaf blades broadly oblong in outline, 1.5-6 cm. long; ultimate leaf segments 10-40, linear, 0.5-1.5 cm. long. Thickened root is 1-2.5 cm. in diameter, brown, covered with bundles of rootlets.


Inflorescence a compact, compound umbel, the rays 0.5-3.5 cm. long; involucre none; involucel bractlets narrow, less than 2 mm. long; calyx teeth obsolete; flowers white with purple anthers; pedicels under 3 mm. long.


Fruit ovate, 4.5-8 mm. long and 3-5 mm. wide, the lateral wings 0.6-1.1 mm. wide.

Identification Notes:

Compared to L. gormanii, L. piperi has a stem leaf, smooth globose root and wide wing on the fruit.

Accepted Name:
Lomatium gormanii (Howell) J.M. Coult. & Rose
Publication: J.M.Coult. & Rose, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 7: 208. 1900.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Lomatium gormanii (T.J. Howell) Coult. & Rose f. purpureum
Peucedanum confusum Piper
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lomatium gormanii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lomatium gormanii checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Lomatium gormanii information.

E-Flora BC: Lomatium gormanii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lomatium gormanii photos.

USDA Plants: Lomatium gormanii information.

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