Cicuta bulbifera (Bulblet-bearing Water Hemlock)
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|Habitat:||sun; swamps, fens, along shores, in slow moving water|
|Bloom season:||July - September|
|Plant height:||1 to 4 feet|
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Flowers are in flat clusters (umbels) about 2 inches across arising from leaf axils and at the end of branching stems. Each cluster has about 15 groups (umbellets) of 1/8 inch flowers. Individual flowers have 5 notched white petals, a greenish center, and 5 stamens.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are compound with 3 or more linear blade-like leaflets. Leaflets are up to 3 inches long, less than 1/8 inch wide, and have irregular, widely spaced teeth, or may be toothless. Stems are branched, hollow and hairless.
This plant is deadly poisonous. The flat clusters of small white flowers is typical of members in the carrot family, but the leaves with fine, very narrow segments, and the spindly look of this plant distinguish it from related species such as Water Hemlock. The bulblets in the leaf axils are a distinguishing characteristic.
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- Bulblet-bearing Water Hemlock plant
- Bulblet-bearing Water Hemlock in shallow water habitat
- Bulblet-bearing Water Hemlock in a sedge meadow
Photos by K. Chayka taken at Pioneer Park, Anoka County, and Sucker Lake, Ramsey County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken in Anoka and Polk counties.
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