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[Aralia racemosa subsp. racemosa L.]
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
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"