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Loy Canyon - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Aletes macdougalii - MacDougal's Indian parsley

Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Apiaceae

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Loy Canyon
Sue Smith
Plant - spring
Loy Canyon
Sue Smith
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A small stemless plant lacking hairs.
Identification notes: A stemless hairless plant having an inflorescence that is a loose compound umbel of yellow flowers. The bright green foliage and fruits not strongly compressed distinguish this from other genera in the Apiaceae family.
Height: 2-1/3 to 10 inches


Habitat Description: Has been found in canyons of the Sedona area and at the Grand Canyon.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 4500 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Apr - Jun
Description: Bractlets only 1/8 inch long. Has 4 to 8 rounded clusters of flowers per inflorescence. Flower stems exceed the height of the leaves.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Bright green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are 3/4 to 3 inches long. Oblong in outline. Leaflets are linear-oblong and twice pinnate or pinnately lobed.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Winged
Fruit Notes: Fruit 1/8 to 1/3 inch long.

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