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Genus Torilis Family Apiaceae

Description: Annual or rarely biennial herbs with slender taproot.

Leaves 1–3-pinnate; petiole sheathing.

Inflorescence an axillary or terminal compound umbel; involucral bracts few or absent; rays 6–12 or absent; involucel bracteoles several, linear. Flowers bisexual, white or pink. Sepals inconspicuous or absent. Petals obovate, with inflexed apex. Stylopodium thick-conical.

Fruit oblong or ovoid, slightly laterally compressed, tuberculate or bristly; carpophore bifid; mericarps with slender ciliate ribs, furrows covered with numerous barbed prickles or tuberculate.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 20 species, mainly Mediterranean region. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

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

One species in NSW: Torilis nodosa

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