Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC.  
Family: Apiaceae
anise-root, long-styled sweet cicely, long-styled sweet-root, smooth sweet cicely
[Myrrhis longistylis Torr., Osmorhiza aristata var. longistylis (Thunb.) Makino, Osmorhiza longistylis var. brachycoma (Torr.) DC., Osmorhiza longistylis var. imbarbata (Torr.) DC., Osmorhiza longistylis var. villicaulis (Torr.) DC., Washingtonia longistylis (Torr.) Britton]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Osmorhiza: from the Greek osme, "odor," and rhiza, "root," meaning "odorous root," in reference to the fragrance of the crushed root
Plants: erect, perennial forb with an anise odor; thickened roots
Leaves: toothed or lobed, 2 times pinnately-divided; lower stalked, upper stalkless
Flowers: white, 5-parted, styles mostly straight, longer than the petals; inflorescence a compound umbel, with 3-6 stalked, few-flowered, bracted umbellets from the top and sides of the stem; blooms May-June
Fruits: dry, slightly curved sides, splitting into 2 seeds fruit drawing
Habitat: moist; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native
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Kitty Kohout  
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Merel R. Black  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Christopher Noll  
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