Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales
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SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
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Habitat: Disturbed, suburban areas, per Weakley's Flora
Non-native: east Asia
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This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Branches armed with prickles
Simple - palmately lobed
Leaves have petioles.
Stipules united with petiole, sheathing at base
White or yellowish-green
Inflorescence a terminal, corymbose panicle of umbels
Dark blue at maturity
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
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