Summer Wildflowers of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Sanicula marilandica (Black Snakeroot)
Flower colorgreen
Number of petals5
Petal fusionfree
Lea arrangementalternate
Leaf groupingpalmately compound
Leaf marginstoothed
Leaf/leaflet shapestar-shaped
Fruit typedry
Fruit colorgreen
Flowering datesJune - July
Fruiting datesAug
HabitatMoist, rocky woods
LocalityMain ridge on basalt
DescriptionAn upright plant about 1 - 3 feet tall with palmately compound leaves of 5 - 7 segments. The flowers are in umbels above three leafy bracts. In each flower cluster, the larger fertile flowers are surrounded by many smaller male flowers. The style is longer than the bristles of the fruit.
Habit photoKBS
Flower photoTB
Leaf photoAT