Cyclospermum leptophyllum (Pers.) Sprague ex Britton & P. Wilson - Marsh Parsley

Cyclospermum leptophyllum plant

Family - Apiaceae

Stems:

Cyclospermum leptophyllum stem

Leaves:

Cyclospermum leptophyllum leaf

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Cyclospermum leptophyllum flower

Flowering - March - June.

Habitat - Sandy waste places, roadsides, disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to tropical America.

Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its finely divided leaves and small white flowers. The plant has glabrous stems and ribbed fruits.
The genus name Cyclospermum derives from the Greek "cycl(o)" meaning "a circle" and "sperm" meaning "seed" for the (semi)orbicular fruits.
The species name leptophyllum derives from the Greek "lept(o)" meaning "fine" and "phyll(um)" meaning "a leaf" for the finely divided leaves.

Alabama Distribution:

Cyclospermum leptophyllum map

Photographs taken off Newberry Road, Newberry, FL., 3-19-05.


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