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Genus Pastinaca Family Apiaceae

Description: Perennial or biennial herbs usually with a taproot.

Leaves pinnate or rarely simple; leaflets broad, toothed to deeply lobed; petiole sheathing.

Inflorescence terminal and axillary, a compound umbel; rays few; bracts and bracteoles 1 or 2, or absent; pedicels slender, spreading to ascending. Flowers bisexual, yellow or red. Sepals inconspicuous or absent. Petals with inrolled apex. Stylopodium depressed-conical.

Fruit ellipsoid to obovate, dorsally flattened; carpophore split to base; mericarps with lateral ribs winged, others slender.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 15 species, northern temperate Eurasia. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by J. M. Powell, except for genera with authors listed
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Pastinaca sativa

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