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Longstyle Sweetroot, Sweet Anise, Aniseroot - Osmorhiza longistylis

Family: Apiaceae - Carrot family Genus Common Name: Sweetroot Native Status: Native
Osmorhiza longistylis - Longstyle Sweetroot, Sweet Anise, Aniseroot. The leaves and stem when crushed will have a slight licorice smell; the root is anise-scented. This identification vs the very similar O. claytonii (Sweet Cicely) is based on the style of the flower, which is significantly longer than the 5 white petals. In O. claytonii, according to Wildflowers Of Tennessee, The Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians the style is shorter than the petals.

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Osmorhiza longistylis

Distribution of Osmorhiza longistylis in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 22 Feb 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-April-17Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
1/60f/8 ISO200
The tiny white flowers of Longstyle Sweetroot are held in compound umbels above serrated, frequenly lobed ovate leaves.
Osmorhiza longistylis

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