[The Desert Parsleys of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Suksdorf's Desert Parsley

Lomatium suksdorfii

Suksdorf's desert parsley as seen from the Klickitat River canyon........April 13, 2007.

The photo at right shows a small umbellet of Suksdorf's desert parsley. Note the long bracts below the edges of the umbel.
Characteristics:

Suksdorf's desert parsley is an attractive, erect perennial with branching growth arising from 50-200cm high. The large leaves are ternately- to pinnately-compound with dissected margins. The leaflets are long and narrow (See photos.) and range from 1-5 cm long and 1-5 mm wide.

The inflorescence is an umbel of many clusters of smaller umbels. The longer rays of the umbel range from 6-11 cm long. Long narrow bracts up to 1 cm long subtend the smaller umbels. Theminute flowers have 5 tiny petals and the flowers are yellow. The large fruits are glabrous at maturity and range from 15-32 mm long with lateral wings 1/3-1/2 as wide as th body of the fruit. The dorsal ribs of the the fruit are distinctly raised or narrowly winged.


Habitat:

Suksdorf's desert parsley may be found on dry open, grassy slopes or in open oak woods.


Range:

Suksdorf's desert parsley may only be found in portions of the Klickitat River canyon northwards to near the northern boundary of Klickitat County, WA and southward to the White River in Wasco County, OR.

In the Columbia River Gorge it may be found between the elevations of 400'-2800' between the White Salmon River and Chenoweth Creek.


The photo above shows a view down onto the upper surface of the umbel of Suksdorf's desert parsley as seen from the Klickitat River canyon.................April 13, 2007. Note that the branches of the umbell are different lengths.

The photo above shows a another view down onto the upper surface of the umbel of Suksdorf's desert parsley as seen from the Klickitat River canyon.................April 13, 2007.

Note the long, thin bracts under the smaller umbels of Suksdorf's desert parsley.

Suksdorf's Desert Parsley: Lomatium suksdorfii

Suksdorf's desert parsley at center left and center foreground as seen on slopes near the Klickitat River..........May 8, 2009. A number of plants of pungent desert parsley (Lomatium grayi) can also be seen. Suksdorf's desert parsley is also often seen with Columbia desert parsley (Lomatium columbiana).

Leaf of Suksdorf's Desert Parsley: Lomatium suksdorfii

A close-up of the leaf of Suksdorf's desert parsley as seen on slopes near the Klickitat River..........May 8, 2009.

Umbellet of Suksdorf's Desert Parsley: Lomatium suksdorfii

A close-up of the underside of an umbellet of Suksdorf's desert parsley as seen on slopes near the Klickitat River...........May 8, 2009. Note the long, narrow bracts which are longer on one side of the umbellet than the other.

Fruit of Suksdorf's Desert Parsley: Lomatium suksdorfii

A close-up of the fruit of Suksdorf's desert parsley as seen on the slopes above the east bank of the Klickitat River in the Klickitat State Wildlife Area.........June 28, 2009.

Suksdorf's Desert Parsley: Lomatium suksdorfii

Suksdorf's desert parsley as seen near the Columbia River in Klickitat County, Washington............May 2, 2013.

Paul Slichter