Apiaceae – Water2017-08-17T06:49:45+00:00

  Apiaceae: Carrot Family – In or near water

Pacific Oenanthe – Oenanthe sarmentosa

Blooms:

June–Oct

Plant Height:

5–15 dm

Flower Size:

Medium cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Ponds & marshes

Notes:

Grows profusely in ponds or marshy areas. Dense umbel of pink-tinged white flowers. Bracts are generally absent but there are many bractlets. Leaves are 2-pinnate with 1–6 cm leaflets with serrated to lobed edges. Fruits are oblong with prominent ribs.

Western Water Hemlock – Cicuta douglasii

Blooms:

June–Sept

Plant Height:

15–30 dm

Flower Size:

Medium cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Ponds, streams & seeps

Notes:

Flowers are in a loose, flat umbel. Leaves are pinnate, leaflets 1–10 cm long, lanceolate in shape with entire or serrated edges.  Fruits are roundish, compressed from side to side. Poisonous — apparently the most lethally toxic California native plant, even more so than Poison Hemlock (Conium maculata).

Celery / Smallage – Apium graveolens

Blooms:

May–July

Plant Height:

5–15 dm

Flower Size:

Large cluster

Origin:

Eurasia

Habitat:

Wet places below 1000 m

Notes:

Widely cultivated, a relative of the store-bought celery. The smell of the leaves is unmistakably celery-like and the stem has the same furrowed appearance. The stem is not eaten but the leaves can be and are said to have a coarse earthy taste. Leaves are 2–4.5 cm long and sharply toothed.

Cut-leaved Water Parsnip – Berula erecta

Blooms:

July–Oct

Plant Height:

2–8 dm

Flower Size:

Large cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Streams and other wet or marshy places

Notes:

Stout aquatic plant.  White flowers are in umbels with leave-like bracts and bractlets.  Leaves are pinnate with 7–12 pairs of oblong to ovate leaflets.

Marsh Parsley – Cyclospermum leptophyllum

Blooms:

Apr–Aug

Plant Height:

10–60 cm

Flower Size:

Small clusters

Origin:

Eurasia

Habitat:

Moist places

Notes:

Weedy, leaves finely dissected with linear to thread-like segments.  Individual flowers are very small with 5 pinkjsh-white petals.  Inflorescences have no subtending bracts.  Fruits are elliptic to ovate and somewhat flattened.