Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC.
Family: Apiaceae
anise-root, long-styled sweet cicely, long-styled sweet-root, smooth sweet cicely
Osmorhiza longistylis image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Osmorhiza: from the Greek osme, "odor," and rhiza, "root," meaning "odorous root," in reference to the fragrance of the crushed root
Plants: erect, perennial forb with an anise odor; thickened roots
Leaves: toothed or lobed, 2 times pinnately-divided; lower stalked, upper stalkless
Flowers: white, 5-parted, styles mostly straight, longer than the petals; inflorescence a compound umbel, with 3-6 stalked, few-flowered, bracted umbellets from the top and sides of the stem; blooms May-June
Fruits: dry, slightly curved sides, splitting into 2 seeds fruit drawing
Habitat: moist; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native