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Utah angelica, Angelica wheeleri, is a Utah endemic known from 11 locations in 6 counties, i.e., Cache, Salt Lake, Utah, Juab, Sevier, and Piute, along the central “backbone” of the state. A member of the parsley family, this species is a robust, hairless perennial herb 1 to 2 meters tall or taller, with a hollow stem, large divided leaves, and fibrous roots. Its small, sometimes hairy white flowers are in umbel shaped clusters in July and August and ultimately produce small densely hairy fruit. Utah angelica grows in wet areas of riparian communities or in seeps and springs, at elevations ranging from 1524 to 3050 meters. Though actual threats are not known, the riparian and wetland habitats required by this species are potentially impacted by urban development, stream channelization, water diversions and other watershed and stream alterations, recreation, and invasion by exotic plant species.


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  • Welsh, S.L., N.D. Atwood, S. Goodrich and L.C. Higgins [eds.]. 1993. A Utah flora (2nd ed., revised). Provo, UT: Brigham Young Univ. 986 pp.