bland sweet cicely

(Osmorhiza claytonii)

Conservation Status
bland sweet cicely
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains FACU - Facultative upland      
  Midwest FACU - Facultative upland      
  Northcentral & Northeast FACU - Facultative upland      
           
 
Description
 
 

The stems are hairy. The plant has no discernable anise odor.

In early spring the young stems are densely covered with short, spreading, white hairs.

The styles are shorter than the petals, no more than 1.5mm long.

In the inflorescence is an umbrella-like flower cluster (umbel). At the end of each stem in the umbel is another, smaller umbel (umbellet), on which the flowers occur. There is a whorl of bracts beneath the umbellet.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

12 to 36

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

White

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Aniseroot (Osmorhiza longistylus) looks virtually identical to bland sweet cicely, but has flowers with styles longer than the petals, 2mm to 4mm long, and smells strongly of anise. It has shorter hairs or no hairs on the stems. However, at least one study (Ostertag and Jensen, 1980) has concluded that the length of hairs on the stems of both species is variable between populations of the same species—is a continuum that overlaps that of the other species—and is therefore an unreliable indicator.

Blunt sweet cicely (Osmorhiza depauperata) has no whorl of bracts beneath the secondary umbel.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Moist. Woods. Partial sun to full shade.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

May to June

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28.

 
  1/7/2012      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Superorder Asteranae  
 

Order

Apiales (carrots, ivies, and allies)  
  Suborder Apiineae  
 

Family

Apiaceae (carrots)  
  Subfamily Apioideae  
  Tribe Scandiceae  
  Subtribe Scandicinae  
 

Genus

   
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Osmorhiza aristata var. brevistylis

Washingtonia claytonii

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

bland sweet cicely

Clayton’s sweetroot

hairy sweet cicely

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Bracts

Modified leaves at the base of a flower stalk or flower cluster.

 

Umbel

Umbrella-shaped cluster of flowers or buds arising from a single point.

       
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Published on Aug 6, 2013

Part 4 in an ongoing series of documentaries on wild edible, medicinal, and toxic plants. I'm covering "Sweet Cicely" and "Baneberry" with a focus on how to tell them apart from one another. All video footage is recorded by me on the GoPRO Hero 2. Some of the pictures taken from reputable sources on the internet.

   
       

 

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