Aralia racemosa L.  
Family: Araliaceae
American spikenard, life-of-man
[Aralia racemosa subsp. racemosa L.]
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Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Aralia: Latinization of an old French-Canadian name aralie which probably came from Iroquois Indian language
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-7' tall forb; stems leafy, not bristly
Leaves: widely-spreading, sharply and often doubly toothed, the 3 main divisions pinnately-divided
Flowers: white, 5-parted; inflorescence of many, rounded umbels in a spreading, branched cluster (compound panicle) up to 12" long; blooms July
Fruits: dark purple, berry-like
Habitat: shade; woods; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Dennis W. Woodland  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Christopher Noll  
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Christopher Noll  
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