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Lomatium quintuplex
Umptanum biscuit-root, Umptanum desert-parsley

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in central Washington, where endemic to eastern Kittitas County and northeastern Yakima County.

Habitat: Generally in lithosol areas in sagebrush desert.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Acaulescent, tap-rooted perennials, 15-30 cm. tall, with a prominent false scape clothed by 2-5 scarious sheaths; roots irregularly tuberous, up to 5 cm. long and 2 cm. wide below, elongate and slender above, the surface brown.


Leaves quinately compound and bipinnately dissected; petioles 2-6 cm. long, sheathing throughout, purplish tinged, the margins scarious; blades ovate in outline, 5-12 cm. long and 2.5-6 cm. wide, glabrous; ultimate leaf segments numerous, filiform, 1-3 cm. long and less than 1 mm. wide.


Umbels 2-5, glabrous; rays 5-15, 2-8 cm. long; involucre wanting; involucel of 3-5 bractlets, arranged on one side, 2-4 mm. long; flowers yellow, 15-20 in each umbellet, the fruiting pedicels 7-17 mm. long at maturity.


Fruit elliptic in outline, 7-9 mm. long and 3-4 mm. wide.

Accepted Name:
Lomatium quintuplex Schlessman & Constance
Publication: MadroƱo 26: 37 (-38), fig. 1979.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Lomatium quintuplex checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Lomatium quintuplex information.

E-Flora BC: Lomatium quintuplex atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lomatium quintuplex photos.

USDA Plants: Lomatium quintuplex information.

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