Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum

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Scientific Name Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (Heracleum maximum) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Cow Parsnip ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Apiaceae (Parsley) Jepson Herbarium Ref.
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine. Wet areas along stream banks, bogs, meadows.
Plant: Perennial up to 8 feet tall with stout, hollow, hairy stem.
Leaves: Compound leaves divided into 3 large coarse-toothed leaflets 4 to 16 inches across.
Inflorescence: Small white flowers with 5 petals tightly-grouped into large flat-topped umbels up to 12 inches across.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
Colorado Status

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