Aralia Genus spikenard Araliaceae

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla). inflorescences under leaves. MBGargiullo. 5/2017.

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla). inflorescences under leaves. MBGargiullo. 5/2017.JPG

Aralia genus includes herbs, shrubs and small trees.

Leaves doubly compound.

Aralia nudicaulis.flower close-up.floreduquebec.ca

Aralia nudicaulis.flower close-up.floreduquebec.ca (Accessed 10/2016).

Flowers small, greenish-white, 5-parted, radially symmetrical in panicles.

Aralia nudicaulis, fruit. MBGargiullo, Central NJ. ca 2009. JPG

Aralia nudicaulis, fruit. MBGargiullo, Central NJ. ca 2009. JPG

Fruit fleshy, dark purple-black, with several seeds with hard outer coatings (pyrenes). Dispersed by birds.