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[Thalictrum dasycarpum var. hypoglaucum Fisch. & Avé-Lall.]
Etymology: Thalictrum: from thaliktron, a name used to describe a plant with divided leaves, and a name given to the genus by Dioscorides, the Greek physician and pharmacologist who wrote the Materia Medica, which remained the leading pharmacological text for 16 centuries
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-5' tall forb
Leaves: Distinctly hairy beneath but not glandular, 3-5 times 3-parted, leaflets 1-2 1/2 times as long as wide, mostly 3-lobed, rarely with more teeth; stem leaves stalkless
Flowers: green to white, 4-5-parted, petal-like sepals falling early, fringe-like filaments remain; inflorescence a 10" large, pointed, conical, branched cluster; blooms June-July
Fruits: dry seed
Habitat: full to partial sun; moderate moisture to wet; meadows, streambanks; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4, Wetland Indicator = FACW- Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times 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. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"