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Lomatium suksdorfii
Suksdorf's biscuit-root, Suksdorf's desert-parsley

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge in Klickitat County; south-central Washington to Hood River and Wasco counties in Oregon.

Habitat: Open slopes, forest edge and openings, often where dry, from low to middle elevations.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)

Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Stout, glabrous perennial from a taproot and branching woody base, 5-20 dm. tall.


Leaves large, basal and cauline, ternate-pinnately dissected into long, narrow, acute ultimate segments, 1-5 cm. long and 1-5 mm. wide; the first umbel of the season is sterile and sometimes borne on a leafless stem.


Inflorescence of compound umbels, the rays 6-11 cm. long at maturity; involucre none; involucel of well-developed bractlets about 1 cm. long; calyx teeth none; flowers yellow; pedicels 6-13 mm. long.


Fruit very large, elliptic, 15-32 mm. long, the lateral wings 1/3 to as wide as the body; dorsal ribs raised.

Accepted Name:
Lomatium suksdorfii (S. Watson) J.M. Coult. & Rose
Publication: Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 7(1): 239. 1900.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cogswellia suksdorfii
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Lomatium suksdorfii checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Lomatium suksdorfii information.

E-Flora BC: Lomatium suksdorfii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lomatium suksdorfii photos.

USDA Plants: Lomatium suksdorfii information.

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