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Cicuta virosa

Cicuta virosa (Water hemlock)

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Profile for Cicuta virosa (Water Hemlock)
Identifying Characteristics
Habit:Herbacious
Flowers:Umbel
Foliage:Alternate, tripinnate, only coarsely toothed
Stem:Smooth, branching, swollen at the base, purple-striped, and hollow except for partitions at the junction of the leaves and stem. In cross section the stems have one flat side and the other sides are rounded.
Scent:An oily, yellow liquid oozes from cuts to the stems and roots. This liquid has a rank smell resembling that of parsnips, carrots or mice.
Growing Conditions:It grows in wet meadows, along streambanks and other wet and marshy areas.
Life Cycle: Perennial
Similar Plants:Daucus carota, Pastinaca sativa


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