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Moist to somewhat dry woods and thickets, in gravelly neutral to acid soils. Also occurs in white cedar swamps.
Newfoundland and Quebec to British Columbia, south to northern FL, MO, and NM.
Herbaceous perennial; leaves 5(7)-lobed or compound, doubly serrate, sometimes becoming incised toward the apex; sepals lance-subulate, 1-1.5 mm; staminate flowers 12-25 per umbellet and surpassing the fruits; style much longer than the bristles of the fruit.
Flowers June to August
Wetland indicator: FACU
Of the four Sanicula spp. that occur in NY, this is one of only two that have distinctly long styles. The other, S. odorata, has more yellowish flowers, staminate flowers on short stalks, and tends to occur in more dense colonies.
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
Michael Hough © 2018