Common name: Wild Carrot
Daucus carota L. APNI*
Description: Erect biennial herb 30–150 cm high, hispid especially on the primary stems, stems striate.
Leaves 2–3-pinnate, to 15 cm long; segments ovate to lanceolate or linear; petiole of basal leaves shorter than lamina and with a long striate sheathing base.
Umbels flat-topped or slightly convex in flower, 4–8 cm diam., with 30–60 rays; rays becoming rigid and incurved to form a concave infructescence; umbellules to 20-flowered, outer flowers white or pinkish, c. 2.5 mm diam., inner sterile; involucral bracts 7–13, pinnatifid, often shorter than rays; involucral bracteoles linear and entire or trifid.
Fruit ovoid, 3–4 mm long, secondary ribs with mainly straight spines, only the apical ones barbellate, primary ribs with a row of short hairs.
Distribution and occurrence: Escape from cultivation, naturalized in coastal districts, and tablelands in the north. Native of Eurasia & N Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by B. M. Wiecek & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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