Aralia hispida Vent. - Bristly Sarsaparilla


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Aralia hispida - (image 1 of 7)



Family: Araliaceae


Dry woods on sandy or sterile soil.




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


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.


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.


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.




Michael Hough 2010