Thaspium barbinode (Michx.) Nutt.

Thaspium barbinode plant

Family - Apiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Thaspium barbinode nodeNode of stem, note the white hairs.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Thaspium barbinode inflorescenceInflorescence, note the whitish flowers.

Thaspium barbinode raysBase of umbel rays.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Thaspium barbinode flowersFlowers close-up.

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Rich woods, rocky woods, slopes, ledges, bluffs.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found throughout most of Missouri but appears to be absent from the northwest corner of the state. This gold-flowered plant is easy to confuse with other species and even genera from the family Apiaceae. Distinguishing characteristics of this species are :
Stalked central flowers on each umbellet.
Ternately divided leaves, especially the basal leaves.
Mostly glabrous stems with whitish short hairs at each node.
Pale yellow AND white flowers present on the same plant. Other genera have more deep yellow to golden flowers. Flowers of the genus Thaspium are pale.

Photographs taken somewhere in North Carolina, 5-31-03.