Aralia hispida Vent. - Bristly Sarsaparilla


 

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Aralia hispida - (image 1 of 7)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Araliaceae

Habitat

Dry woods on sandy or sterile soil.

Associates

 

Distribution

Newfoundland and Quebec west to Hudson Bay and MN, south to NJ, WV, and northern IN.

Morphology

Perennial herb to 1.5 m from a stout rhizome, bristly near the base. Leaves few, bipinnate, on short petioles; leaflets oblong to ovate or lanceolate, to 10 cm, acute to short-acuminate, sharply serrate. Umbels 2-25 in a loose, open, terminal inflorescence; styles connate for half their length. Fruit globose, nearly black, somewhat glaucous.

Notes

Flowers June to July

Wetland Indicator: Upland

Some of these plants were found growing in sandy soil with Reindeer Moss (Cladonia rangiferina) in northern NY.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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