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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Cymopterus multinervatus - purplenerve springparsley

Other Common Names: Arizona springparsley, wild parsnip
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Apiaceae

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Flower buds
Coconino NF west of FR618
John Kava
Flower buds
Sedona area
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Pioneer Park
Sue Smith
Coconino NF west of FR618
John Kava
Plant - summer
Coconino NF west of FR618
John Kava
Coconino NF west of FR618
John Kava
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Almost stemless plant with mostly basal leaves arising from short stems above a slender taproot. Clusters of tiny purple (usually), white or yellow flowers on leafless stems.
Identification notes: Small stemless perennial herb with long taproot; leaves ovate to oblong; blades pinnate to bipinnate, fleshy, pale; leaflets entire to pinnately lobed; flowers many-nerved lobes and many-nerved purple bractlets, usually with a whitish margin.
Height: 1-1/2 to 6 inches


Habitat Description: Found on gravelly slopes, often on rocky outcrops and along ridges.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3000 - 7000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Purple, white or yellow     Shape: Bell-shaped in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - May
Description: Tiny flowers form rounded clusters. Flowers are usually purple but can be whitish or yellowish.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Basal     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Mostly basal; 1/2 to 3-1/2 inches long, oblong-ovate, highly dissected.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Whitish   
Fruit Notes: Ovoid to oblong, often purplish, about 1/2 inch in diameter with wings.
Seed Notes: 2 dry, 1-seeded halves that separate from each other but generally remain attached for some time to a central axis.

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