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Cymopterus acaulis   (Pursh ) Raf.  var. acaulis 
Scott County, Kansas
Height: 4-8 inches
Family: Apiaceae - Parsley Family
Flowering Period:   April, May
Stems: Stems apparently absent or essentially so. Pseudoscapes .4 to 2.8 inches.
Leaves: Basal; petiole .4 to 5.6 inches long; blade dark green above, 1-2-pinnately compound, ovate to oblong-ovate in outline, .8 to 2 inches long, .6 to 2.8 inches wide; leaflets 1/8 to 1.6 inch, margins toothed to lobed, ultimate segments lanceolate to linear, 1/50 to 1/12 inch wide.
Inflorescences: Compound umbels, compact, terminal; involucral bracts absent or inconspicuous; rays 1/12 to 2/5 inch; involucel bractlets leaf-like, linear, fused together basally.
Flowers: Calyx lobes absent or minute; petals 5, white, obovate to elliptic, 1/25 to 1/16 inch; stamens 5; styles 2; stigmas 2.
Fruits: Schizocarps splitting, ovoid to broadly oblong, 1/5 to 2/5 inch long, 1/8 to 1/3 inch wide, flattened parallel to commissure, glabrous, wings conspicuous, often purple-tinged, equaling or narrower than body; seeds 1 per mericarp.
Habitat: West half of Kansas
Distribution: Native
Uses: The Comanche used the roots for food and the Navajo added the dried plant to stews.
Comments: Cymopterus species have subterranean stems, called pseudoscapes that arise from the rootstocks and bear leaves and peduncles at the soil surface.
 See also mountain spring-parsley

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