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Cymopterus terebinthinus
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About (Cymopterus terebinthinus) Cymopterus terebinthinus is a perennial plant in the carrot family Apiaceae with leaves that look like parsley and grows in the Great Basin of the American West. :108 Common names include Aromatic spring-parsley, northern Indian parsnip, and turpentine cymopterus. Growth pattern. It is a low growing perennial plant from 1-2 to 2 feet (0. 15 to 0. 61 m) tall, spreading out from a woody base. :108Leaves and stems. Leaves are 1-2 to 8 inches (1. 3 to 20. 3 cm) long. :108 Leaves are ovate overall, but finely pinnately dissected into segments like parsley leaves. :108 Leaves are strongly aromatic when crushed. :108 "Terebinthus" means "like-turpentine", referring to the scented oils in the plant. :108Inflorescence and fruit. The inflorescence is a peduncle with 3-24 rays, each 1-2 to 3 inches (1. 3 to 7. 6 cm) long, bearing miniascule 5-petaled yellow flowers. :108"Cymopterus" means "wavy ring", referring to the fruit. :108Habitat and range. It grows on dry, sandy or rocky slopes, typically around rocks, from 5,000 to 9,000 feet (1,500 to 2,700 m) in sagebrush steppe and montane plant communities of the Great Basin. :108 It can be found in the Toiyabe Range and Deep Creek Mountains. :108Ecology. It is a host for Papilio indra. Some Plateau Indian tribes chewed the roots to treat colds and sores.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.49 - 2 ft (0.15 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1124' - 10941'

Annual Precip. ?
7.4" - 106.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.48" - 3.95"

Coldest Month ?
21.0° F - 49.1° F

Hottest Month ?
43.3° F - 74.3° F

Humidity ?
0.82 vpd - 26.13 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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