Zizia aurea (L) Koch
Apiaceae [=Umbellierae] (Parsley) Family
The flowers or in clusters or in compound umbels. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form, small, less than 1/8th inch long. The middle flower of each umbel is stalkless. Flowers occur in the spring.
The fruit is flat, dry, and less than 1/4 inch long.
Other yellow-flowering members of the Parsley family include Heart-Leaved Meadow Parsnip, with simple heart-shaped basal leaves, and Yellow Pimpernell, with compound leaves and untoothed leaflets. A common southern Meadow Parsnip of a different genus, sometimes called Golden Alexanders as well, has only three lance-like, toothed leaflets.