WILD PARSLEY
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Lomatium foeniculaceum   (Pennell ) Coult. & Rose
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 4-15 inches
Family: Apiaceae - Parsley Family
Flowering Period:   March, April
Also Called: Carrot-leaf lomatium.
Stems: Stemless.
Leaves: Alternate; stalks 1 to 6 inches long, usually purplish; egg-shaped in outline, 1/2 to 8 inches long, 2-3 times pinnately compound, ultimate segments mostly linear, to 1/4 inch long, 1/20 inch wide; tips pointed; glabrous or hairy.
Inflorescences: Umbels, compound, to 4 inches in diameter, 3- to 12-rayed, terminal, on stout flowering stalks 3 to 8 inches long; bracts linear; tips pointed.
Flowers: Numerous, small, yellow; calyx teeth obsolete or minute; petals 5.
Fruits: Broadly oval, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, glabrous or hairy, winged, splitting into a pair of 1-seeded segments.
Habitat: Dry, open, prairie hilltops and slopes, most abundant on rocky limestone or chalk soils.
Distribution: East 2/3 of Kansas.
Uses: The leaves are edible and taste like parsley.
Comments: Wild parsley is one of the first prairie plants to bloom in the spring. It has a deep, strong taproot.

Wild parsley inflorescence
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Wild parsley flowers
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Wild parsley leaf
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