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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Berula erecta - cutleaf waterparsnip

Synonyms: Berula incisa, Berula pusilla, Sium erectum
Other Common Names: cut-leaf-water-parsnip, stalky berula
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Apiaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: A lush, water's edge aquatic herb. Often supported by other plants; stems are erect, branched, hollow, rooting at lower nodes.
Identification notes: Only 1 species of Berula in Yavapai County. Fruit is oval and has a corky cover and narrow ribs; involucre is conspicuous; leaves are pinnate; Inflorescence branches arise from a single point (umbellate).
Height: 1/2 to 2-1/2 feet


Habitat Description: Almost always occurs in wetlands; usually found in marshy areas and slowly moving streams.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: Below 6000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jul - Oct
Description: Flat to rounded clusters 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches across with an average of 10 groups each with 10 to 20 tiny white flowers. Individual flowers are about 1/8 inch across, have 5 petals, notched at the tip, 5 slender white stamens and a creamy white center.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Bluish-green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Compound, up to 12 inches long, with 4 to 11 pairs of leaflets, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long. Early leaves have oval leaflets with rounded teeth, becoming more broadly lance-like and coarsely toothed on the lower stem.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

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