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.
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.