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Cow Parsnip

Heracleum maximum


This plant is not in flower but the symmetry is just a beautiful. "Cow Parsnip has the characteristic flower umbels of the carrot family (Apiaceae), about 20 cm across; these may be flat-topped, or more rounded, and are always white. The seeds are 8-12mm long and 5-8mm wide"


Forest edge at beach. "Cow Parsnip is distributed throughout most of the continental United States except the Gulf Coast and a few neighboring states. It occurs from sea level to about 9000 ft, and is especially prevalent in Alaska."

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Hoonah, Alaska, USA

Lat: 58.11, Long: -135.43

Spotted on Jul 23, 2013
Submitted on Aug 10, 2013

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