Sunday, June 28, 2009

Aralia nudicaulis: foliage

[Photo: Aralia nudicaulis foliage.]Aralia nudicaulis, known in English as "wild sarsparilla", "American sarsaparilla", "bamboo brier", "shot bush", "spreading spikenard", or "wild licorice" and in French as salsepareille sauvage or fausse salsepareille, is a perennial native to much of North America. Spreading by underground stems, it forms an attractive groundcover in dry woods. I took this photo in Purdon Conservation Area.

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