Sanicula marilandica L.
Family: Apiaceae
black snakeroot, Maryland sanicle
Sanicula marilandica image
Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Sanicula: diminutive of the Latin word sanare meaning "to heal"
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 4 1/2' tall forb; fibrous roots
Leaves: palmately-divided into 5-7 parts, double forward-pointing teeth, stalks getting shorter toward top
Flowers: green to white, 5-parted, sepals mostly as long as the petals; inflorescence an irregular, compound umbel with 12-25 flowers per umbellet, female flowers stalkless; blooms June-July
Fruits: oval, dry, with hooked, stout, backward curving bristles, splitting into 2 seeds- fruit: seed:
Habitat: shade; woods
Conservation Status: Native