Cymopterus terebinthinus facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCymopterus 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. Common names include Aromatic spring-parsley, northern Indian parsnip, and turpentine cymopterus.
Cymopterus means "wavy ring", referring to the fruit. Terebinthinus ('of turpentine') refers to the pungent smell of the plant's oil.
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.
Leaves and stems
Leaves are 1⁄2 to 8 inches (1.3 to 20.3 cm) long. Leaves are ovate overall, but finely pinnately dissected into segments like parsley leaves. Leaves are strongly aromatic when crushed. "Terebinthus" means "like-turpentine", referring to the scented oils in the plant.
Inflorescence 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.
Habitat 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. It can be found in the Toiyabe Range and Deep Creek Mountains.
It is a host for Papilio indra.
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