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Cutleaf Waterparsnip
Berula erecta

About Cutleaf Waterparsnip (Berula erecta) Berula erecta, known as lesser water-parsnip or cutleaf waterparsnip, is a member of the carrot family. Growing to around 1 m (3 ft) tall, it is found in or by water. It is widespread across much of Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Berula erecta is an herb sometimes reaching up to 100 cm (40 inches) in height. Stem is hollow. Underwater leaves consist of compound with thread-like lobes; leaves above the surface of the water and flatter and broader. The plant produces many small white flowers in a compound umbel.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
2.8 - 9.8 ft (0.9 - 3 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
12' - 6841'

Annual Precip. ?
5.1" - 54.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 1.98"

Coldest Month ?
29.5° F - 56.0° F

Hottest Month ?
55.2° F - 84.2° F

Humidity ?
0.41 vpd - 34.67 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Water Parsnip

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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