Feb. 23, 2018

cream meadow-parsnip, Thaspium chapmanii

Cream meadow-parsnip is the same as hairyjoint meadow-parsnip, Thaspium barbinode. Isn't! Is! Isn't! Is! Isn't! Is! Remember when we were much younger and that was the best we could do in a disagreement? If you line up all the references to this plant that are now available, that's pretty much the result you get. Even calling it cream instead of hairy joint is a stretch, since I've seen that name only once. And to think this is one of my favorites in this family because it is different! Lovage is the only other plant in the family that I know of that approaches this delicate shade of yellow. Back when all these plants were T. barbinode they grew in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI(E), WV, NS, and ON. I've yet to find a source that breaks out the range for T. chapmanii. Lenawee Co MI, 6/11/11.