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Meadow Zizia Zizia aptera


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Meadow Zizia
credit: Ram-Man/CCSA

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Family: Apiaceae, Carrot view all from this family

Description A cluster of several leafy stems bearing bright yellow flowers in compound umbels.
Flowers: Umbel to 2 1/2" (6.5 cm) wide; sepals and petals 5 each.
Leaves: Basal leaves 1-4" (2.5-10 cm) long, long-stalked, ovate blades indented at base, edges with teeth; upper leaves pinnately divided into 3 segments with several narrow lobes, edges with teeth.
Fruit: Elliptical, slightly flat, with low ribs.
Height: 8-24" (20-60 cm).

Flower May-July.

Habitat Moist meadows and open woods, stream banks, and low ground.

Range Western Canada south to eastern Washington, northwestern Oregon, and northeastern Nevada; east to New York and Ohio; south to Georgia and Arkansas.

Discussion The genus is named for the German botanist Johann Ziz, who lived around the turn of the 19th century.