Aralia nudicaulis L.  
Family: Araliaceae
wild sarsaparilla
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Robert Bierman  
Etymology: Aralia: Latinization of an old French-Canadian name aralie which probably came from Iroquois Indian language
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-20" tall forb; stems not leafy or bristly
Leaves: basal, with 3 together on an erect stalk up to 20” long, finely toothed, each pinnately-divided into 3-5 parts
Flowers: white, 5-parted; inflorescence of usually 3 stalked, rounded umbels together on a leafless stalk arising directly from the base of the plant; blooms May-June
Fruits: blackish, berry-like
Habitat: shade; moist to dry; woods
Conservation Status: Native
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Thomas Eddy  
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Christopher Noll  
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Christopher Noll  
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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