A Good Bloom of Bare-stem Desert-parsley

Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule)
The yellow flowers of Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) are everywhere on the shorelines of Vancouver Island.

I’ve been noticing lately that Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) is in bloom everywhere on the open sandy areas on the coast here on Vancouver Island. It’s not a spectacular plant but it is interesting when one takes a closer look at it. The flowers are small and yellow and form round clusters at the end of stalks.

Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) roots
Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) roots showing new growth.

Earlier in the year while out at Kin Beach in Comox, British Columbia I photographed some massive taproots of Bare-stem Desert-parsley that were exposed by shore erosion of spring storms. The size of the taproots may be an indication of the age of these plants and a sign that this plant probably plays a significant role in stabilizing the shoreline.

Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) roots
A twisted taproot of Bare-stem Desert-parsley (Lomatium nudicaule) exposed by early spring storms.