Sanicula odorata

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Sanicula odorata
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Sanicula
S. odorata
Binomial name
Sanicula odorata
K.M. Pryer & L.R.Phillippe
  • Sanicula gregaria

Sanicula odorata, commonly called the clustered blacksnakeroot,[1] is a flowering plant in the carrot family. It is native and widespread in eastern North America.[2] It grows in nutrient-rich woods, often in mesic forests and bottomlands. It is able to tolerate somewhat degraded habitats, and is not considered a particularly conservative species.[3]

It flowers in the late spring and early summer.


Identification of this species from other Sanicula in eastern North America can be difficult. The following combination of features separate it: leaves are divided into 5 (usually) to 7 (occasionally) leaflets; styles are much longer than the calyx; there are up to 12-25 stamens per umbellet; flowers and anthers are yellowish-green, with petals much longer than sepals.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Sanicula odorata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Sanicula odorata". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. ^ IllinoisWildflowers
  4. ^ Alan Weakley. "Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States".
  5. ^ Ann Fowler Rhoads and Timothy A. Block, Anna Anisko Ill., Plants of Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

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