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Water Hemlock

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General Infomation

A biennial or perennial that belongs to the carrot family. It is often found on shorelines, and must be handled carefully as all plant parts are poisonous. A large taproot firmly anchors this plant.

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Species Data

Leaves

Alternate, compound, highly dissected, and clasping the stem.

Flowers

Umbellate and white (common to the carrot family).

Stem

Green, slightly ribbed, and hollow in cross-section. The plant can reach heights of 4 ft.

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