(Conium maculatum L.)

GROWTH HABIT: Biennial, erect to 10 feet tall.

LEAVES: Shiny green, fern-like, finely divided 3 and 4 times. Lower leaves have long stalks clasping the stem. Upper leaves on short stalks. Musty odor.

STEMS: Stout, branched, purple-spotted with distinct ridges.

FLOWER: Numerous umbrella shaped clusters of tiny white flowers without sepals. Clusters supported by stalks whorled at branch terminals.

ROOTS: Large white taproot.

SEEDS: Paired, 1/8 inch long, ribbed, concave, light brown.

OTHER: All parts are poisonous.

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