Poison hemlock, Conium maculata L., non-native
- a dicot in the Apiaceae family -
poison hemlock has a fern type leaf with flowers that resemble Queen Anne's Lace, blooming in spring and summer, unattractive odorpoison hemlock has reddish spots on stems
Common throughout the preserve except in the meadow. It is extremely poisonous if ingested or if the natural oils are absorbed through skin. This may look like parsley, cilantro or wild carrot, but it isn't. It's flowers resemble Queen Anne's Lace with an umbrel of many tiny white flowers.


Poison Hemlock flowers are similar to Queen Anne's Lace.

Below, an Oxyopes scalaris - Lynx spider, is waiting for her lunch.

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