Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
Glycyrrhiza lepidota
Distribution: Species is native to central and western North America, and occasionally introduced in the east part of Canada and US.
Ecology: Prairies, stream valleys, roadside, in full sun to partial shade; elevations 500–2000 m. Blooms in July and August.
Description: Perennial herb. Stems 30–100 cm tall, coarse, branched, from woody rootstock. Alternate leaves, pinnately compound with 11–19 leaflets; leaflets lance-shaped, 2–4 cm long, 5–16 mm wide, dotted with small glands. Flower cluster is a dense raceme 3–4 cm long, borne on long stalks originating in leaf axils. Flowers are yellowish white, irregular, 10–15 mm long with 5 sepals and 5 petals, 10 stamens and 1 pistil. Fruit is a bur-like legume with hooked prickles, reddish brown, 1–2 cm long.
Notes: The roots of this plant taste sweet and have a slight licorice flavour and for this some Indian tribes used to chew the roots. Glycyrrhiza means “sweet root” in Greek.
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Glycyrrhiza lepidota
Glycyrrhiza lepidota
Glycyrrhiza lepidota
These images were taken in Canada, Alberta, Calgary, Confluence Park (summer 2013).