Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Valeriana edulis Nuttall ex Torrey & Gray
(Edible Valerian, Tobacco Root)
Family: Caprifoliaceae, formerly Valerianaceae
Valeriana trachycarpa Rydberg
Valeriana edulis has basal leaves that are usually pinnatifid, but can be entire. The stems can be a meter or more tall, and the flowers, which are in a broadly open panicle, are minute. The flowers have five petals, but only 3 stamens. Valeriana edulis is found in middle and upper elevation meadows.
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Valeriana edulis, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris & Mark Donnell, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road at Redstone trailhead, Aug. 4, 2007
Valeriana edulis, detail of flowers, photo Russ Kleinman, Richard Felger & Kelly Kindscher, Black Range, McKnight Mtn., July 21, 2008
Valeriana edulis, basal leaves, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Signal Peak Turnoff, July 12, 2009
Valeriana edulis, 2x field macro of flowers, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Signal Peak Turnoff, July 12, 2009
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