Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)
Apiaceae or Celery Family

Small erect plant, with tiny, yellow, 5-petalled flowers in dense, flat-topped clusters.  Stem leaves mostly divided into 3toothed, lance-shaped leaflets, while basal leaves are divided into even more leaflets.  Blooms in late spring in open woods and on woodland edges. 

Common on western slope of the Park.

Heart-leaved Alexanders (Z. aptera) is very similar, but the basal leaves are heart-shaped instead of divided into muliple leafleats. Yellow pimpernel blooms in the same area about the same time.  It has flowers in much more open clusters and untoothed leaflets.


Closeup of flowers


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