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Widewing Springparsley (Cymopterus purpurascens)
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Widewing Springparsley (Cymopterus purpurascens)

General: Widewing Springparsley (Cymopterus purpurascens) is a perennial forb odd leaves that are highly dissected and hug the ground. The plant flowers in the spring, and the inflorescence is a compound umbel where each umbel surrounded by white, papery bracts. The bracts streaked with green or red color. The flowers are purplish.

Widewing Springparsley is an uncommon component of vegetation communities on gravel and scree slopes in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub and Pinyon-Juniper Woodland) life zones. Around Las Vegas, look for this species up in the Spring Mountains and in the Sheep Range (Desert National Wildlife Range).

Widewing Springparsley (Cymopterus purpurascens)

Family: Carrot or Parsley (Apiaceae).

Other Names:

Plant Form: Perennial forb.

Height: To a few inches high.

Widewing Springparsley (Cymopterus purpurascens)

Stems: None.

Leaves: Broad, flat, highly dissected, and generally pressed against the ground. Petiole to about 2 inches; blade to about 2.5 inches, oblong, once or twice pinnately lobed, glaucous, somewhat fleshy.

Flowers: Blooms in the spring. Inflorescence: compound umbel, each umbel surrounded by white, papery bracts. Flowers purplish. Bracts streaked with green or red color.

Seeds:

Widewing Springparsley (Cymopterus purpurascens)

Habitat: Mountain slopes, gravel to coarse scree slopes.

Elevation: To about 4,000 to 7,000 feet.

Distribution: Throughout the southwestern U.S. from Oregon to New Mexico.

Comments:

Widewing Springparsley (Cymopterus purpurascens)
Compound umbel with papery bracts and highly dissected leaves
Widewing Springparsley (Cymopterus purpurascens)
Papery bracts streaked with green

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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