Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Lomatium nevadense, Nevada Biscuitroot

Lomatium nevadense, Nevada  Biscuitroot or Wild Parsley, Southwest Desert Flora Lomatium nevadense, Nevada  Biscuitroot or Wild Parsley, Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Lomatium nevadense
Common Name: Nevada Biscuitroot
Also Called: Nevada Desert-parsley, Parish's Biscuitroot, Wild Parsley
Family: Apiaceae [Umbelliferae] Parsley or Carrot Family
Synonyms: (Peucedanum nevadense)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 16 inches or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; slender tap-root, short stem.
Leaves: Greenish-gray, fine hairs, petioles up to 2 inches long, oblong to ovate, 2 to 3 pinnately dissected.
Flower Color: White or cream colored, inflorescence an umbel compound, fruits 2 dry, oblong or round, pubescent to smooth.
Flowering Season: March to May.
Elevation: 3,000 to 7,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Mesas and rocky slopes.

Recorded Range: In the United States Nevada Biscuitroot is found in the southwestern states and north, AZ, CA, NM, NV, OR, UT and northern Mexico.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Lomatium nevadense.

U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.

Genus Information: 85 species more or less in Lomatium, 9 species in Arizona, 2 varieties; Lomatium nevadense var. nevadense Nevada Biscuitroot and Lomatium nevadense var. parishii, Parish's Biscuitroot.

Comments: Peeled roots of Nevada Biscuitroot were eaten fresh like radishes. See other ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Date Profile Completed: 12/24/2014, 07/20/2015, updated format 10/08/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database – ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 12/24/2014)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,