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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hairyfruit Chervil

Hairyfruit Chervil (Chaerophyllum tainturieri)

       Hairyfruit Chervil (Chaerophyllum tainturieri), a member of the carrot family (Apiaceae) family and native to the United States, blooms from early to late spring. Commonly found from the eastern to the central United States it grows in moist open wooded area, wetland areas, woodland borders, fields, roadsides, and other waste areas. Although not considered weedy it thrives and spreads rapidly under the right conditions
       This plant grows from six to eighteen inches tall and produces small 1/8 inch five petaled flowers with no sepals. The leaves, found alternately along the stem, are one-half inch long.
       Note: This plant is almost identical in appearance to Chaerophyllum procumbens (Spreading Chervil). The Hairyfruit Chervil can be distinguished from the Spreading Chervil by it pedicels (stalks) which become wider near the apex and flower of the plant.

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