Sanicula odorata (Raf.) K.M.Pryer & L.R.Phillippe
Family: Apiaceae
clustered black snakeroot
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Kitty Kohout  
Etymology: Sanicula: diminutive of the Latin word sanare meaning "to heal"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall forb; fibrous roots
Leaves: 3-5 parted into a palm-like shape with sharp, sometimes deep teeth; stalks getting shorter toward top
Flowers: green to yellow, 5-parted; inflorescence an irregular, compound umbel with 12-25 flowers per umbellet, female flowers stalked; blooms June-July
Fruits: dry, rounded, hooked bristles weak and very small, splitting into 2 seeds- fruit:fruit drawing seed:
Habitat: shade; dry; woods
Conservation Status: Native