Old Male Flowers Removed
Moose Mountain Provincial Park
This type of fruit is a schizocarp. The schizocarp will split into two sub-fruits known as mericarps. This schizocarp is about to split and the split line can be seen in the photograph. The old male flowers have been removed from the umbellet for the purpose of this photograph.
This plant is andromonoecious which means it has both perfect and male flowers. The perfect flowers have the potential to become fertilized and develop fruit. The male flowers simply produce pollen and die. The perfect flowers are sessile and their ovaries are covered with uncinate, bulbous-based prickles. The male flowers are pedicellate and do not possess ovaries.
Sanicula: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora (BF) and Flora of Alberta (FOA) leading to this genus.
Umbelliferae: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora leading to this family.