Aralia racemosa L.
Common Name: SPIKENARD
Coefficient of Conservatism: 8
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Rich usually moist beech-maple and hemlock-hardwoods, especially along edges and clearings and below bluffs; less often in oak forests; conifer (mostly cedar) swamps.

This is one of the largest herbaceous species in our flora, widely spreading and bushy, with enormous compound leaves and a massive inflorescence of countless umbels of purple-black fruit. There are often smaller axillary inflorescences as well. The individual umbels in this species are usually less than 2.5 cm broad, though occasionally almost 3 cm in fruit.

Locations

Alger County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Clare County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iron County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Midland County
Monroe County
Montcalm County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
St. Joseph County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 13, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=187.