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Cicuta douglasii (DC.) J.M. Coult. & Rose
18 photos.
In interior Alaska, the deadly poisonous "western water hemlock" is usually confined
to hot springs.   The species is found at Circle Hot Springs.  The "northern water
hemlock", Cicuta virosa is much more common in our area, being found adjacent to
the many thaw lakes scattered throughout the region.

ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29457









1.  Mid-June.  Entire plant.  Approximately 2 ft tall.

2.  Mid-June.  Closer view of the umbels

3.  Mid-June.  Note that the side veins end at the
base of  the teeth rather than at the points.

4.  Mid-June.  Plant base with tuberous root.

5.  Mid-June. Closer view of root.

6.   Mid-June. View of root from bottom.

7.  Stem base, sliced lengthwise to show
characteristic chambers of Cicuta.

8.  June 11, 2009.  View of main umbel.

9.  July 12, 2009.  Close-up of sub-umbels in
full bloom.

10.  June 11, 2009.  Side view of upper stem
and umbel in bud.

11.  July 12, 2009.  Several umbels past the
blooming stage.

12.  June 22, 2009.  Entire plant with several

13.  June 22, 2009.  Mid-stem region of the
plant in photo 12.

14.  June 22, 2009.  Lower stem of plant.

15.  June 22, 2009.  Base of plant.

16. June 22, 2009.  View of tuberous roots.

17.  June 22, 2009.  Section of a tuberous root.

18.  May 30, 2009.  A large group of plants.


All photos taken at Circle Hot Springs.