Monday, June 05, 2006

Wild Sarsaparilla

I've been walking by these for several years with scarcely a glance, assuming that the pinnately compound leaves belonged to some sort of hickory seedlings. This year, I caught them in bloom, and discovered that Droop Mountain is covered up with Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis). This seems to be my year for finding plants in the ginseng family.

wild sarsaparilla, habit shot wild sarsaparilla inflorescences

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