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Lomatium utriculatum (Common lomatium)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lomatium utriculatum

Lomatium utriculatum (Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray) J.M. Coult. & Rose

Common Lomatium, Spring Gold

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Synonym(s): Lomatium vaseyi


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Little spheres of tiny, bright yellow flowers in umbels above finely divided, carrot-like leaves.

The genus Lomatium is composed of about 80 species restricted to western North America. The genus name, derived from the Greek loma ("a border"), refers to the wings on the fruit. In California Native Americans ate the leaves raw in the early spring, when they are still crisp.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to California west of Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada.
Native Habitat: Grassy slopes, meadows, and woodlands.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lomatium utriculatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lomatium utriculatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lomatium utriculatum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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