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The Botanical name of this root was changed from Leptotaenia dissecta to Lomatium dissectum in 1942. Lomatium root is robust desert parsley which is highly variable and has a wide range as well. It is the tallest Lomatium growing up to 4 feet tall. The leaves are large and are divided into many segments. The early spring flowers vary in color from deep purple to pale yellow. The roots are edible and rich in starch. Thus, it is a traditional food in North America. This herb essentially grows in rocky areas especially on Talus Slopes in western North America.
The Lomatium root has various medicinal features- it acts as an antibacterial, anticoagulant, antiseptic, antifungal, expectorant and many more. Also there are side effects of this root if taken without care. It may cause skin infections leading to rashes. Pregnant women should avoid the intake of this herb.