[Desert Parsleys East of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Gray's Biscuitroot, Gray's Lomatium, Milfoil Lomatium, Pungent Desert Parsley

Lomatium grayi

Synonym: Lomatium grayi var. grayi

Gray's Biscuitroot, Gray's Lomatium, Milfoil Lomatium, Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi (Synonym: Lomatium grayi var. grayi)

The photo above shows a large pungent desert parsley as seen on the northern outskirts of Klickitat, WA. Note the glaucous gray-green foliage consisting of numerous short, thin segments oriented in many directions rather than in one plane.........April 13, 2007. Note also the common camas in a moist spot behind the desert parsley.

The photo at right shows the fruits of pungent desert parsley as seen along Washington State Rd. #14 at Horsethief Butte, Columbia River Gorge........May 5, 2001.
Characteristics:

As its name implies, pungent desert parsley has a definite pungent, sometimes malodorous smell when its herbage is lightly crushed. It is a perennial wildflower with several glabrous stems ascending from 15-50 cm high from a thick taproot topped by the remains of previous years' leaves. The herbage ranges from glabrous and glaucous to slightly rough to the touch. The leaves are 6-10 cm long with inflated petioles. They are largely basal and are ternate-pinnately compound, being dissected into numerous narrow linear acute segments up to 6 mm long and the segments oriented in many planes.

The inflorescence is an umbel, the unequal stems beneath each umbelet measuring from 3.5-10 cm long. The petals are yellow. The fruit are elliptic in shape, the lateral wings from 1/3-2/3 as wide as the body, and measuring 8-15 mm long.


Habitat:

Pungent desert parsley may be found in dry, open and rocky places from the lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains.


Range:

Pungent desert parsley may be found from central Washington south to the east of the Cascade Mts. to central Oregon and east to northern Idaho, northeastern Nevada, southwestern Wyoming, Utah, and southwestern Colorado.


Gray's Biscuitroot, Gray's Lomatium, Milfoil Lomatium, Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi (Synonym: Lomatium grayi var. grayi) - Gray's Biscuitroot, Gray's Lomatium, Milfoil Lomatium, Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi (Synonym: Lomatium grayi var. grayi)

Pungent desert parsley beginning to bloom (left) high on steep slopes directly west and above the Cottonwood Canyon State Park campground.........February 22, 2015. The photo at right shows pungent desert parsley as seen on scablands atop Lookout Mt, Ochoco National Forest.........May 29, 2016.

The photo above shows the outer part of the leaf of pungent desert parsley as seen along Washington State Rd. #14 at Horsethief Butte, Columbia River Gorge.........May 5, 2001.

Gray's Biscuitroot, Gray's Lomatium, Milfoil Lomatium, Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi (Synonym: Lomatium grayi var. grayi) - Gray's Biscuitroot, Gray's Lomatium, Milfoil Lomatium, Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi (Synonym: Lomatium grayi var. grayi)

The photo above shows a large pungent desert parsley as seen amongst bulbous blue grass and common camas (Camassia quamash) on the northern outskirts of Klickitat, WA. Note the glaucous gray-green foliage consisting of numerous short, thin segments oriented in many directions rather than in one plane.........April 13, 2007.

Gray's Biscuitroot, Gray's Lomatium, Milfoil Lomatium, Pungent Desert Parsley: Lomatium grayi (Synonym: Lomatium grayi var. grayi)
Pungent desert parsley as seen on cliffs above the east bank of the Deschutes River about 2 miles upstream from its junction with the Columbia River. Note the glaucous gray-green foliage consisting of numerous short, thin segments oriented in many directions rather than in one plane..........March 6, 2005.

Paul Slichter